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Yes- Lake Taupo is highly dependent on the Lake "turning over" properly to mix nutrients with some uniformity around the lake- can understand with what you say that this could vary around the lake. 
Current catches in Taupo in last few months and even summer tend to indicate the fish caught deep in the lake were doing pretty good- with well conditioned fish. And our fish caught just the other day were all good conditioned fish so fingers crossed for a good run this winter! 
The Rotoiti fish are lucky with such a huge smorgasboard of smelt - huge schools of smelt on the sounder again the other day - in fact we tend to hunt the edge of smelt schools just as much as looking for trout sign when we are jigging there.I never use bigger than size 10 - totally agree alot of the smelt are huge in comparison to a size 10 fly. Pat Swift has told me he does ok on a size 6-8 if fishing a moving fly on the drift -i havent though.
When Rotoiti closes in a couple months gives me a chance at the taupo rivers and mouths - looking forward to it.
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Further to my last trip report.      The "Bite Time" question is surrounded in some mystery especially in the lake.     I can understand that tide flow may get things moving in the salt but this is not the case in the lake.     However, regulars are quite sure that there is such a thing as bite time.      On my last trip the fishing was generally hard although fish and smelt were thick on the sounder.     The few fish I caught  came mostly during a relatively brief period with neighbouring boats also hooking up.     Luck or simple coincidence, who knows?      It all became a bit clearer when I gutted the fish back on the beach in late afternoon.     As the pictures show nearly the whole gut full of smelt were super fresh, strongly suggesting that they all been eaten, including my Grey Ghost smelt fly during  more or less the same time.     These fish were not picking up individual smelt throughout the day which would show stomach contents in various stages of digestion.     They had a feast over a short period.     Is that what bite time is all about????     The next question is what causes the trout to suddenly attack the smelt that they have shadowed all day????/

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Suppose obvious answer is they get hungry but im sure there is more to it than that. I by and large go by bite times and have had more than random success so am a believer there.  Quite a few times i have found very slow fishing over a good patch of fish - only to return 3 hours later and much better fishing. 
Another good indicator i have found lately is what the fish sign is telling you - are the fish arches moving up and down or just staying inactive at one depth, are they close to bottom, are they in broken up patches of smelt sign ?
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I went on a Teriakhi trip out of Mt Manganui at full moon. The Maori fishing calendar said bite time was 11.30 - 13.00.
We anchored at about 09.00 and dead as. Skipper said there's heaps on sounder???
At 11.15 the odd fish got caught and by 11.30 it was full on and before 12.30 most fishers had their limit but the bite just switched off at 13.00.
So very specific, so not an accident. I'm sure trout follow the same 'rules'.
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