Taupo, Tongariro & Turangi Trout Fishing Report

Map of trout fishing lakes and streams in the Taupo, New Zealand, fishing district

Tongariro River 7 day flow graph
Tauranga-Taupo River level

Taupo & Turangi trout fishing streams & lakes:
1. Tongariro River
2. Tokaanu Tailrace
3. Lake Rotoaira
4. Lake Otamangakau
5. Omori Stream
6. Kuratau Lake
7. Kuratau River
8. Whareroa River
9. Whanganui Stream
10. Waihaha River
11. Waihora River
12. Omoho Stream
13. Otaketake Stream
14. Whangamata Stm
15. Mapara Stream
16. Waikato River
17. Waitahanui River
18. Lake Rotongaio
19. Hinemaiaia River
20. Waipehi Stream
21. Waitetoko Stream
22. Tauranga-Taupo R
23. Waimarino River
24. Waiotaka River
Other links
River Motel report
John Baker report
Tim's report
sporting report
fly and gun report
Sun&Moon calculator
Tauranga-Taupo Fishing Report
trout condition calculator
superfly.co.nz trout flies
Taupo and Turangi fishing
location maps are linked from list
7_February | 5_December | 25_August | 10_July | 12_June | Latest report: 17 April
7 February 9:25 am
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 12°C=53°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 19°C=66°F
Lo est 9°C=48°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1020, stable
Taupo level: sealevel+356.955m
%full~outflow: 78.9%~100m3/s
Tongariro: 0.900m~35.0m3/s
55.7% dec
23:58~12:20
Sunrise~set : 06:33~20:27
nautical twilight : 05:29~21:32
comments :

Thanks to Geoff Watson for the Waitahanui details below.

Checkout is temporarily closed at superfly.co.nz, with 513 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro Delta Slow, but some anglers have caught fish in the shallow water at the Main Mouth
Tongariro River Best chances could be for browns in the lower reaches, but one 7 lb brown was landed from the Cicada Pool
Waitahanui Mixed quality rainbows were caught last week at the river mouth
Other lakes Otamankakau produced rainbows up to 9 pounds last week.

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 7 February 9:25 am at 39° 0 minutes S latitude 175° 54 minutes E longitude

Lake Taupo temperature measured at 38 50 minutes S latitude 175 48 minutes E longitude, 2 meter depth
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5 December 9:16 am
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 16°C=60°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 21°C=69°F
Lo est 12°C=53°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1020, stable
Taupo level: sealevel+356.961m
%full~outflow: 79.4%~200m3/s
Tongariro: 0.830m~25.6m3/s
91.1% dec
20:54~06:11
Sunrise~set : 05:44~20:29
nautical twilight : 04:33~21:40
comments :

Thanks to Wellington angler Robert, Inverel anglers Chris and Tim, and Turangi/Raglan angler Kathy for the specific details below.

The Timberline Emerger
was requested by Owaka Valley angler Ricky.

Checkout is temporarily open at superfly.co.nz, with 510 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.


report by Lee Hinkleman

Tiimberline Emerger trout fly
Tiimberline Emerger trout fly

Specific details:
Tokaanu Bay Hole Reportedly slow, with few boats anchored
Tongariro Delta Reportedly unfocused, and slow
Tongariro River Some decently recovered rainbows were landed and released during the weekend; large brown trout were seen on the edges of the Cherry Pool
Hinemaiaia River Tiddler sized rainbows were landed and released from the lower river on Sunday afternoon, when no fish, nor anglers, were seen at the river mouth
Other rivers Small browns were reported landed and released from pools near the graveyard
Other lakes Few rising fish were reported Friday afternoon near the rock dam

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 5 December 9:16 am at 39° 0 minutes S latitude 175° 54 minutes E longitude

Lake Taupo temperature measured at 38 50 minutes S latitude 175 48 minutes E longitude, 2 meter depth
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25 August 4:47 pm
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 9°C=48°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 13°C=55°F
Lo est 0°C=32°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1020, stable
Taupo level: sealevel+356.910m
%full~outflow: 75.7%~150m3/s
Tongariro: 0.935m~35.6m3/s
19.3% inc
09:47~22:21
Sunrise~set : 07:50~18:48
nautical twilight : 06:52~19:46
comments :

Thanks to Christchurch angler, Dave, for reporting generally tough fishing early this week in the Tongariro River.
On Monday, Dave said he saw only one kept fish, near the Bridge Pool Rockpile, and the fish was too far away to estimate quality.
Dave did land one fish on Tuesday, and he said high water could have been a problem.
Water level now is approaching perfect, for the weekend.

Checkout is temporarily closed at superfly.co.nz, with 510 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Conditions look good for the weekend, after recent high-er water

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 25 August 4:47 pm at 39° 0 minutes S latitude 175° 54 minutes E longitude

Lake Taupo temperature measured at 38 50 minutes S latitude 175 48 minutes E longitude, 2 meter depth
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Monday 10 July 10:11 am
Weather:
Cloudy
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 7°C=44°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 11°C=51°F
Lo est 3°C=37°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1016, falling
Lake Taupo
level:
sea level +
356.770 m
%full~outflow: 65.7%~270m3/s
Tongariro: 0.866m~28.8m3/s
95.1% dec
18:17~08:08
Sunrise~set : 08:35~18:09
nautical twilight : 07:32~19:12
comments :

Thanks to Wayne, from Tongariro River Motel, for a male rainbow landed on Friday.
That fish has become Trout Soup.
My own recent attempts were a 5 minute evening trip, with one fish missed and a different fish landed and kept, followed next morning by another 5 minute trip, which also produced one missed bite, and one kept rainbow.
but each produced one rainbow kept, after one missed bite.
Good conditions continuing this week seem likely.

Checkout is temporarily open at superfly.co.nz, with 510 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Water level and volume or OK and decent rainbows were landed during the weekend

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 10 July 10:11 am at 39° 0 minutes S latitude 175° 54 minutes E longitude
Lake Taupo temperature measured at 38 50 minutes S latitude 175 48 minutes E longitude, 2 meter depth
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Monday 12 June 9:16 am
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Fine
Air Temp 1°C=33°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 11°C=51°F
Lo est -3°C=26°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1016, stable
Lake Taupo
level:
sea level +
356.8`0 m
%full~outflow: 67.9%~300m3/s
Tongariro: 0.844m~26.9m3/s
85.3% dec
19:32~09:23
Sunrise~set : 08:32~18:00
nautical twilight : 07:29~19:04

comments :

Thanks to Palmerston North angler Ron Caldwell yesterday for reporting good rainbow catches on size 16 Goldbead Bubbleback Emergers. Ron said, "That's a great fly."

The rainbow hen shown at right was landed several weeks from the Tongariro River.
She, and several other similar fish, were cooked into Trout Soup.

Checkout is temporarily open at superfly.co.nz, with 510 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.


report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Water volume and level are OK. Quality of recently landed rainbows may have dropped slightly from the excellent quality in May

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 12 June 9:16 am at 39° 0 minutes S latitude 175° 54 minutes E longitude
Lake Taupo temperature measured at 38 50 minutes S latitude 175 48 minutes E longitude, 2 meter depth
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Wednesday 17 May 8:15 am
Weather:
Rain
Outlook:
Rain
Air Temp 7°C=44°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 12°C=53°F
Lo est 4°C=39°F
Wind: 1 mph, N
Barometer : 1016, falling
Lake Taupo
level:
sea level +
357.0`0 m
%full~outflow: 82.1%~306m3/s
Tongariro: 0.934m~35.3m3/s
63.4% dec
22:27~12:11
Sunrise~set : 08:13~18:12
nautical twilight : 07:12~19:13
comments :

Thanks to Ian and Brent from Elite Builders in Auckland for reporting good catches in the lower Tauranga-Taupo, on globugs and Humpback Boobies.
The lower TT, between the river mouth and Highway One Bridge, seems to be full of fresh rainbows.

Checkout is temporarily closed at superfly.co.nz, with 510 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Excellent catches were made this week, and water volume and level are OK for now.
Tauranga-Taupo Good in the Parade stretch of the lower river.

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 17 May 8:15 am at 39° 0 minutes S latitude 175° 54 minutes E longitude
Lake Taupo temperature measured at 38 50 minutes S latitude 175 48 minutes E longitude, 2 meter depth
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