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_May | 10_March | 14_February | 19_January | 11_December | Latest report: 17 May
Sunday 7 May 12:17 pm
Weather:
Cloudy
Outlook:
Cloudy
Air Temp 9°C=48°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 12°C=53°F
Lo est 1°C=33°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1016, stable
Lake Taupo
level:
sea level +
357.020 m
%full~outflow: 83.6%~200m3/s
Tongariro: 0.844m~26.9m3/s
75.0% inc
16:10~03:06
Sunrise~set : 08:04~18:22
nautical twilight : 07:04~19:22
comments :

Thanks to Palmerston North angler Martin Boyle for a tasty 2 kilogram hen rainbow, now cooked into Trout Soup, and the smallest of his 3 rainbow limit, landed Friday.
The other 2 rainbows looked closer to 3 kilograms, and all 3 fish were fresh from Lake Taupo.
My camera batteries were too flat to photograph my fish, but I photographed Martin with the two larger fish, and I'm still waiting for to receive the photograph from Martin's phone, which may have sent the picture to my previous email address.

superfly.co.nz has 509 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Big, quality rainbows were landed Friday.

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 7 May 12:17 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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Friday 10 March 5:29 pm
Weather:
Cloudy
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 15°C=59°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 15°C=59°F
Lo est 7°C=44°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1008, falling
Lake Taupo
level:
sea level +
356.900 m
%full~outflow: 75.0%~100m3/s
Tongariro: 0.826m~25.5m3/s
79.5% inc
17:38~03:10
Sunrise~set : 07:08~19:46
nautical twilight : 06:09~20:44
comments :

Thanks to Paul Bedwell and Louie DeNolfo for the river and lake details below.
Paul said he'd fished through the Reed Pool's north side Monday, seeing no fish at all.
Louie reported easy catches on Kuratau, harling a Woolly Bugger behind a rowed boat.
This method at Kuratau is limited to lake levels low enough to expose the many tree fragment, underwater snags.

superfly.co.nz has 509 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.


report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Browns have been easily sighted in most lower and middle river reaches; spawning age rainbows reportedly have been tougher to find, with improvement expected soon.
Other lakes Kuratau and Otamangakau produced decent rainbow catches this week.

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 10 March 5:29 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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14 February 9:30 am
Weather:
Cloudy
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 15°C=59°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 18°C=64°F
Lo est 8°C=46°F
Wind: 1 mph, E
Barometer : 1008, falling
Taupo level: sealevel+356.900m
%full~outflow: 75.0%~200m3/s
Tongariro: 0.836m~26.3m3/s
81.8% dec
21:36~08:34
Sunrise~set : 06:41~20:19
nautical twilight : 05:39~21:22
comments :

Thanks to Orewa angler Anro Becker for the Tongariro River details below.
Anro reported seeing no fish rising for cicadas, which have hatched recently.
Best chances for hooking fish on cicadas could be in lower river water between the Cherry and Poplar Pools, and casting under the riverside willow branches.

superfly.co.nz has 509 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Water volume and level are OK, and at least 1 good rainbow was reported landed and released Sunday

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 14 February 9:30 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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19 January 6:34 pm
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 14°C=57°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 15°C=59°F
Lo est 7°C=44°F
Wind: 12 mph, SW
Barometer : 1016, falling
Taupo level: sealevel+356.950m
%full~outflow: 78.6%~280m3/s
Tongariro: 0.854m~27.8m3/s
58.0% dec
00:09~12:49
Sunrise~set : 06:12~20:42
nautical twilight : 05:03~21:50
comments :

No anglers could be seen within 1000 meters of the Tongariro River's Crescent Reserve at 6 pm, when the photograph above was taken, and when wind seemed reduced, after this morning's gusty, rain-clearing condition.

superfly.co.nz has 500 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Tongariro River Crescent Reserve Pool, 6 pm Thursday 17 January 2017
Tongariro River Crescent Reserve Pool, 6 pm Thursday 17 January 2017

Specific details:
Jigging Reportedly good in Stump Bay and Tokaanu Bay, among other Lake Taupo waters
Tongariro River Large browns were reported sighted in the middle river this week; some decent looking rainbows were seen kept from the Bridge Pool last week, with light angling pressure seen
Other lakes Otamangakau last week produced a 5 kilogram rainbow, only 25 inches long, but most cathces there have been ~2 kilograms or less;Rotoaira has produced consistent rainbows closer to 40 centimeters, and trolling with Green Tobies in the Rotoaira Inlet Canal has produced when the lake water has been uncomfortably rough; Kuratau Lake also produced decent rainbows last week

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 19 January 6:34 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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11 December 4:13 pm
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 14°C=57°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 14°C=57°F
Lo est 7yester°C=44°F
Wind: 12 mph, SW
Barometer : 1016, rising
Taupo level: sealevel+357.010m
%full~outflow: 82.9%~200m3/s
Tongariro: 0.864m~28.7m3/s
74.6% inc
15:54~02:54
Sunrise~set : 05:44~20:35
nautical twilight : 04:32~21:47
comments :

Thanks to Porirua angler Mike, and to fishing guide John Baker for the Otamangakau details below.
Mike was casting nymphs with a floating line and strike indicator from a boat.
John was using size 12 of one of my Pheasant Tail patterns, but that pattern will remain secret, at least for now.

superfly.co.nz has 500 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.


report by Lee Hinkleman

Specific details:
Tongariro River Windy conditions and cool early summer air temperatures could limit dry fly fishing tonight; brown trout up to 6 kilograms were sighted in the Cherry and Poplar Pool reaches of the lower river
Other lakes Otamangakau on Friday produced decent catches of rainbows under 2 kilogram; larger brown trout were reported lost last week

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 11 December 4:13 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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Sunday 13 November 1:32 pm
Weather:
Fine
Outlook:
Showers
Air Temp 14°C=57°F
Lake Temp 15°C=59°F
Hi est 14°C=57°F
Lo est 5°C=41°F
Wind: 7 mph, SW
Barometer : 1020, stable
Lake Taupo
level:
sea level +
357.080 m
%full~outflow: 87.9%~200m3/s
Tongariro: 0.908m~32.7m3/s
84.8% inc
17:06~04:21
Sunrise~set : 05:56~20:06
nautical twilight : 04:50~21:12
comments :

I hadn't fished for many weeks, but hooked one fish and missed one other bite in a brief attempt Friday afternoon.
My fish looked OK when it rolled.

superfly.co.nz has 500 trout fly patterns, tied on Mustad, Kamasan, and Tiemco hooks.

report by Lee Hinkleman

Mallard Winged Cicada black trout fishing fly
Mallard Winged Cicada black trout fishing fly

Specific details:
Tongariro River Water was discolored Saturday, and perfect today; at least one fish was hooked briefly Friday
Other lakes Otamangakau this week produced steady catches of rainbows under 4 kilograms

Tongariro River level & flow measured at the Major Jones Pool

Tongariro River Flow

moon & sun calculated for 13 November 1:32 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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