Taupo Trout Size

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Just a note from a recent weekend on the Tongariro. My first visit to Taupo for the winter. Was very pleasantly surprised to find the average size even better than last year, and that had been the best for over a decade.
 
Was skunked by a number of powerful fresh run fish and the average size of fish landed would have been 4 - 4.5 pds.
 
Biggest was about a 7pd Brown, smallest was a little 2pd Rainbow.
 
Only physically weighed two fish, both rainbow hens of 5.5pds.
(Yes, net weight is accurate. Yes I am fairly accurate in my weight estimates of unweighed fish.  I have been playing this game for a while and catch a reasonable number of fish.)
 
I don't know if I lucked out and ran into pods of bigger fish and others have actually been finding the fish smaller than that. Or if indeed they are bigger again this year for everyone.
 
Would be interested to hear how others have been going.
 
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Mate is heading down next week so will see what he finds. To busy to join hum unfortunately.
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I fished it a few weeks back, nothing great size wise, usual 3-4lb fish and one solid 6lber. Seems the better fish are often in the reaches below the SH1 bridge, but I'd rather take less fish than that bit of water any day!
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I was down at the weekend but my fishing was limited to 60-90 mins at a time as I was there with the family. I caught plenty of fish but most were in the 2-3lb range and lacking a bit of condition. Maybe if I’d had a bit more time I wouldve found the bigger fish but I was quite happy getting a few small ones in the limited time I had.
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I was there a few weeks ago....before they had all the rain. The river was really low and clear. Made the fishing tough for everyone i think. Having said that...the fish i did catch were nice. Most of my fish came from the faster water so actually landing them was tough. Lost more than i caught put it than way. Still bloody good fun though
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Seems to be a mixture of size brackets this year. Seems to be quite a few smaller fish in the 2,5-3.5lb range but I have had a couple good fish over 5lbs and in great condition and last year I didn't weigh any that were over 5lb (rainbows that is). Has been some great fishing of late with some good runs coming through. Happy days
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I agree, great fishing at the moment. Nothing big, but all nice silver fish. Great fun on the 3 weight LOL
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Follow up from the earlier report.
 
Just got back from another long weekend in Turangi and it looks like I may have just got lucky last time with the average size of 4-4.5 pds.
 
This time I would say they averaged 3-3.5pds. Noticeably bigger fish were taken, the best over 5pds but most were in the 3-3.5pd range.
Still considerably better than much of the last 10 years but not as good as last time.
 
More research is needed Smile
 
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