Fishing Reports

Sunday 7th February 2021

Highly Fishable

Overcast but fine start to the day here in Turangi today.  No wind as of 10:30am.  The Tongariro is clear and fishable.

There have been some great reports from anglers who have been wetlining the Tongariro over the last few days.  The evening rises have been what I would call a “little funny”.  They are what I would call slow.  Not sure if the weather change over the last few weeks has cooled things off or not.  Still seems to be plenty of fish out there with some anglers doing really well.

I have seen some of the Oak trees in Turangi going slightly yellow and orange already and one Cherry Tree I walk past on my way to work has shed half of its leaves already.

Don’t forget the Recreational Release coming up on the Tongariro later this month.

Check out the Tongariro Recreational Release dates for 2021. Saturday 20th February will be the one that affects the town pools.

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


(Above) I went out to have a look at the Tongariro yesterday evening. There were about 3 or four anglers that I could see up in the Hydro, none in the Breakfast and one tucked around the corner at the Major Jones Pool. I didn’t hear any cicadas yesterday evening.  They have slowed down somewhat with the cooler temperatures.  For anglers using them it has been a bit hit and miss on whether they have been coming up or not.

(Below) No one fishing in the Breakfast Pool yesterday evening.


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