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 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 >

Fishing Lake Taupo - Casting tips
August 2014

Taupo has been many things to me. It was my first step into serious trout fishing – not that I wasn’t serious before, but the fish... 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... 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 –... 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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Latest Articles

Catch Black Label Livies Review
October 2021

Deputy Editor Ethan Neville headed to the Far North with Catch Fishing owner John Donald to check out the brand new Black Label Livies soft-baits, and... Read More >

How to Dry Age Fish
October 2021

Bea Bagnall shares her method for dry aging fish & a delicious recipe for Creamy Lemon Snapper Fettuccine... Read More >

Hooks for Whole Fish and Strip Baits
October 2021

Mark Kitteridge discusses some hook options when using bait to target table fish, and also walks us through how to rig up basic dropper/ledger rigs.... Read More >

Why you need to check and clean your boat and gear
October 2021

From berthage to engine maintenance. Safety equipment to navigation. Food, water, and everything in between. If you’ve got a boat, there is a lot to think... Read More >

A Tribute to Trevally
October 2021

Trevally, in the opinion of Hayden Speed, are one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound in the ocean. Hayden loves to target trevally and as... Read More >