Fishing Reports

Monday 11th May 2020

Highly Fishable

We are up and operating on current restrictions here at Sporting Life.

A heads up from the Boss

“Sorry but to comply with level 3 our store is a restricted area.  Please place orders either by our: 

Online Store  – 

Email : 

Phone : 07 386 8996

Payment by card only please

The shop will be manned between 9:00am and 4:45pm for collection.  Courier orders may be delayed depending on availability of couriers.

At this stage we will not be doing repairs to waders / rods / reels until further notice – click / email / phone and collect only

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tightlines from the Staff of Sporting Life ”


Taupō Fishery Update – The DOC Taupō Fishery Management Team in conjunction with the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board are pleased to confirm shore-based trout fishing in the Taupō District will resume for local anglers on Tuesday, when we drop from COVID-19 Alert Level 4 to Level 3. Fishing from a boat will remain out of bounds under Alert Level 3 – as it was under Level 4.

Safety remains the key concern, both for individuals and communities. Only experienced trout anglers who know how to minimise risks should consider going fishing. In addition, anglers are reminded to maintain social distancing and only fish in closer proximity with people who share your ‘bubble’.

Travel remains restricted under Alert Level 3 so anglers outside the Taupō District should not journey here to fish.

Once again, we would like to thank the huge majority of Taupō anglers for your support with the Level 4 restrictions – helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

For the most current information please refer to either the DOC website or Face book page.

As of Tuesday 28/04/2020 we will be open to do online, email and phone orders while we remain in Level 3. The Sportinglife Team will do our best to fill and courier orders with the resources available to us.

A light frost to start the day here in Turangi today.  Sunshine and blue sky is the result.  No wind which is a bonus for the angler.  The Tongariro is clear and highly fishable.  I was out and about on Saturday on my bike riding the Tongariro River Trail and saw quite a few anglers out and about.  I counted 13 cars at the Red Hut carpark. Quite a busy weekend.

Yesterday I decided to go for a bit of an explore and avoid the busy Tongariro River.  I ducked down to the Waimarino River Mouth to check out the access.  Looks driveable to me.  One vehicle was out by the rip. Reports indicate the rip going straight out after the flood from a week or so ago. The road to the beach is free of water in the car swallowing dips.

(Above) The soft sand track heading out to the Waimarino River Mouth yesterday.

(Below) Only one vehicle parked out by the Waimarino River Rip flowing into Lake Taupo yesterday.

(Below) One of the car swallowing dips … usually a muddy puddle which is currently dry as of yesterday.


(Below) After heading out to check out the Waimarino River Mouth I wanted to fish and explore the Tauranga-Taupo River.  Knowing the Tongariro was pretty busy over the weekend I thought there would be less pressure on the Tauranga Taupo River.  I was correct.  Only 2 cars in the carpark.  The river was very low and very clear.  I wanted to spot fish but I always seem to pick a day up there with overcast flat light which is a real pain, however I made the most of it. It was pretty slow going.  It took a while to get onto fish and generally the ones I did see bolted before I could even cast… the downside to low clear conditions.  I did see the odd pool with usually 6-8 fish in it but they were as spooky as anything.  One pool I got to I disturbed about 20 fish that just swam around crazily. I hooked one fish fairly early on.  The indicator went down …. shake, shake … peel off to the far bank … a flash of silver just under the surface and gone …. took my glo bug ! I didn’t see or hook anything for a while and then noticed upstream of me a spash like a rise, only it wasn’t a rise.  It was two rainbow jacks fighting / playing and swimming round and round in circles.  I mangaed to get a quick video of them.  Hopefully you can make them out in the video below.



(Below) I finally locked onto some fish.  A nice fresh hen landed. I hooked quite a few but as soon as you hook them ….. zoom … they are off into the rubbish and snags !! Still quite good fun.

(Below) I hooked this really nice rainbow jack whilst wetline nymphing. It fought really well and then I landed it and noticed it had a massive cyst on the side of it. I think it may be a Shag Worm about to bust out. The other thing was when I got to a nice likely looking piece of water almost ready to fish, there always seemed to be a Big Black Shag take off from the far bank and fly over and spook the entire pool !! Boy do I have some luck !

(Below) A close-up of the massive cyst.

(Below) The same fish as above from the “other side” . It was a really nice fish apart from the cyst.


(Below) Releasing the fish from above.  The cyst didn’t seem to worry it.


(Below) Some really nice … relatively snag free water in the Tauranga Taupo River.

(Below) I love this picture of the Angling Access Track marker.  I like the fact that “The Son” looks to have caught … while “The Dad” most likely spent the time washing his flies !



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