Fishing Reports

Friday 5th February 2021

Highly Fishable

Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today.  Only 12 degrees celcius this morning when I opened the curtains.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable and flowing at 22.3 cumecs. No wind as of 9:00am.

The temperatures seem to have taken a dive.  The mornings have been quite chilly but we are still getting up to about 25 degrees celcius during the day. Walking to work in the mornings on my daily 3 minute commute it almost feels as though Autumn has arrived. I have seen the odd Oak tree change colour too.

Yesterday I saw a picture of a nice fat 6/7lb rainbow that an angler had caught jigging out in Lake Taupo. He was using big flies on the jig rig ( kind of a similar principle I was talking about the other day with Big Bait Big Fish on the report for Jan 29th.

I went to come out of the house this morning and found a Passion Vine Hopper on the side of the house.  We should start to see more and more of these from now on.

We just had an angler call into the shop this morning and wanted us to weigh a brown trout that he caught wetlining in the Tongariro River this morning. This is Lenny and a fat 6lb brown trout.  He also caught a nice silver rainbow and he said he got a bigger rainbow last night.


Don’t forget there is a Recreational Release later this month that may be worth booking into your schedule ….. especially if we haven’t had any rain for a while then this extra increase in flow and little bit of colour may make it easier for you to snag one of those big browns.  The one that affects the levels here in the town of Turangi is on Saturday 20th February.

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


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