Taupo Fishing Report - get the latest Taupo trout fishing updates here

We update this Taupo fishing report as often as we can to reflect the changing seasons, locations and techniques in the Taupo fishery.  If the rainbow trout have started running the rivers we'll tell you here, when the big brownies start rising to cicadas we'll let you know.  Add this page to your favourites, link to us on Facebook and pass this Taupo fishing report on to your friends.

Taupo Fly Fishing Report 25 November 2018

Posted by admin on November 25, 2018

Taupo has been crazy over the weekend with the Round The Lake Cycle Challenge bringing in about 7,000 cyclists and 10,000 supporters. It would have been a bugger for any anglers arriving in town thinking they could just find a place to stay, and ending up sleeping in their car! Unfortunately for the cyclists it has been a wet and windy weekend, and the forecast ahead is for rain all week. The rain shouldn’t be enough to wash out the backcountry streams, but is good for the Spring fishing. We’ve had some great patches of warm sunny weather through October and November, with lots of insect activity in our local rivers, and the backcountry fly fishing streams to the east and south producing early action.

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Taupo Fishing Report 13 September 2018

Posted by admin on September 12, 2018

It’s coming up to mid-September and we are still due for some major runs of trout in the Tongariro and other local rivers. Heavy rain in the last fortnight did not bring the expected large numbers of Rainbows up, but also did not bring flood damage to existing redds.

Over the last seven years DOC fish trap counts have shown over 60% of trout spawn from September onwards, and anglers fishing the river-mouths are seeing lots of fish on sounders and on the fly – so we are in for a great few months as the weather warms and the days get longer.

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Taupo Fishing Report 13 August 2018

Posted by admin on August 13, 2018

Around Taupo and Turangi all the anglers are waiting for rain, with reports of trout stacked at the river-mouths waiting to run. Most people agree it’s a late season, yet there are still plenty of fish up our local rivers and great sport to be had.

This six and a half pounder was caught on a 4/5 weight rod and put up a huge fight. It would have been a stunner when it first arrived in the river, and while you may land some coloured fish at the moment, there are still freshies in amongst them.

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Taupo Fishing Report 5 July 2018

Posted by admin on July 5, 2018

Winter is here on the Central Plateau but with the warmer temperature and not enough rain, the big fish runs haven’t truly kicked in yet. The Tongariro River saw some good early rains bringing big Brownies through, but the Rainbows haven’t followed in numbers. Your traditional winter nymphs will be the most productive way to catch them as of now. Globugs, heavy stoneflies and mayfly patterns as well. Plan to do a bit of walking if you are going to move through pools fairly quickly to find where fish are holding.

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Taupo Fishing Report 6 May 2018

Posted by admin on May 6, 2018

April’s been a great month in the Taupo region for catching big Brown Trout. Earlier in the month we had clients landing brownies up to 6lbs in the Waitahanui (and losing bigger ones), while last weekend with the heavy rain anglers were catching even bigger ones in the Tongariro with a couple over 10 lbs reported.

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Taupo Fly Fishing Report 28 March 2018

Posted by admin on March 27, 2018

Taupo trout are in stunning condition at the moment as they feed up before spawning this winter. If you are fly fishing from any of the river mouths, or out on a kayak or boat, you are in for some fun with beautiful Rainbows that are like silver rugby balls. We normally advocate catch and release but if you are fishing in the lake, now is the time to keep a trout for the smoker.

For those wanting to catch and release a big Brown trout, now is the time in the Tongariro River or Waitahanui mouth. This is much easier said than done as they don't get big without being able to bust off a few anglers every year.

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Taupo Fly Fishing Report 24 December 2017

Posted by admin on December 24, 2017

The cicadas have been out, the weather’s been hot, and fishing in Lake Taupo and some of our favourite rivers has been brilliant. It’s a long way from Mississippi but these anglers were delighted with a number of Brown Trout caught on the Tongariro River.

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Taupo Fly Fishing Report 26 September 2017

Posted by admin on September 26, 2017

It has rained and rained and rained and any local will tell you this has been one of the best winter flyfishing seasons since the 1990's - which bodes very well for the upcoming summer season... Read on for an update on local Taupo flyfishing.

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Taupo Fly Fishing Report 20 April 2017

Posted by admin on April 19, 2017

The big rains from last weekend never arrived, but local rivers still coloured up. Jiggers on Lake Taupo have been having a ball with well conditioned trout over 5 pounds being caught regularly. These fish are preparing to spawn, while big Brownies have already started heading up the Waitahanui.


Taupo Fly Fishing Report 18 Sept 2015

Posted by admin on September 17, 2015

We've had a patch of clear weather with no substantial rain over the last couple of weeks, which means lower clear conditions in most Taupo rivers, but also some stunning days to enjoy.  The weather is breaking today with low cloud and drizzle overnight and rain expected to settle for the next few days which will undoubtedly trigger more fish to enter the rivers.  Over the last decade or more over half of all spawning trout have run in September or later.  This is a great time to fish as the days are longer and warmer and there are less anglers on most rivers.

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