Fishing Lake Taupo

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 Options in Turangi
April 2021

Turangi is one of those places Blair Whiting returns to year after year. He shar... Read More >

The Tongario river 2016
October 2016

Things are changing on the Tongariro: in the past the trout were present in spaw... Read More >

Fishing Lake Taupo - Casting tips
August 2014

Taupo has been many things to me. It was my first step into serious trout fishin... Read More >

Fishing Lake Taupo
May 2014

The Taupo trout fishery has finally bounced back. Thank God for that, as at my age I seriously doubted if I would ever see the days of old again.... Read More >

The Taniwha Pool - Taupo river
June 2013

Adrian Bell fishes the Taniwha Pool on one of the Taupo rivers. A Blast from the Past! This article originally appeared in NZ Fisherman magazine &ndas... Read More >

Trout Fishing in Turangi
February 2001

A season to Remember... Read More >

The Tauranga-Taupo - fishing for trout
October 2000

Ron Giles shares his deadly downstream nymphing technique on the Tauranga Taupo river.... Read More >

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