Fishing Reports

Monday 4th January 2021


Fine with some blue sky poking through the cloud.  Hot and humid.  No wind as of 8:45.  The Tongariro is flowing at 28.5 cumecs and is fishable. The Tauranga-Taupo River is reported as dirty as of 9:15am.

We got a good dose of rain yesterday. I’m picking that once the sun comes out and the temperatures come up then the cicadas will start chirping.  We have now had the rain and we just now need the heat.

I went to take the dog for a walk along the river the other day and saw plenty of cars parked up at the fishing carparks.  Seems like a few anglers were hitting the river. The track up to the Fence Pool is closed ( basically from opposite where the Whitikau River enters the Tongariro upstream).  The pines that got poisoned a few years ago and have been standing for many years and basically rotting as they are.  They are now sending a few Widowmakers ( huge branches ) to the ground each time it blows.  Will keep you up-dated once we find out more.

Found : x1 Pair Overspex on the Tongariro River.  If these are yours email us here at or phone (07) 3868996 

Also check out the Tongariro Recreational Release dates for 2021.

Tongariro River

From Rangipo Dam (Access 13 & 14).  Flows of 30 cubic metres per second will be released from 8 am to 4 pm on the following dates:

  • Sunday 21 February
  • Sunday 25 April
  • Sunday 26 September

The release from the Poutu Dam affects the river levels here in Turangi.

From Poutu Intake (Access 10).  Flows of 30 cubic metres per second will be released from 9 am to 3 pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 20 February
  • Saturday 24 April
  • Saturday 25 September


Back in stock – The Smith Creek Trash Fish.  If you are having trouble deciding what to do with your off-cuts of nylon then this is a handy little gadget I use on a regular basis.  I even stop to pick up any nylon I see on the riverbank as it makes it easy to store until you get it home to dispose of it.


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