Taupo

Fishing Lake Taupo and Tributaries

The Taupo region is famous for trout fishing. 

Over winter trout come in from the deeper waters in the lakes and head upstream to spawn. These fish are in prime condition and this is the best time for large trophy trout, both rainbow and brown.

As summer nears the spawning fish travel back to the lakes to feed and put on condition lost over the spawning period and time in the rivers. About this time smelt are abundant and are the main prey species for trout. Smelt are a shoaling species and some exciting fishing can be had when trout are rounding up schools of smelt in the shallows and at river mouths.

Fishing in Turangi
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Steve Dickinson spent 80 consecutive days fishing a stretch of water in Turangi and learnt some valuable lessons about life and angling along the way…  ... Read More >

Fishing Options in Turangi
April 2021

Turangi is one of those places Blair Whiting returns to year after year. He shares some of his best fishing options for the area.... Read More >

The Tongario river 2016
October 2016

Things are changing on the Tongariro: in the past the trout were present in spawning dress for just a few months, but now the spawning period... Read More >

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