Fishing Reports

Tuesday 12th 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.

Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today. No wind which is a bonus.  Still quite warm too. The Tongariro is clear and fishable.  I am still spotting the odd Passion Vine Hopper wandering around on the outside of the windows at home.  They seem to be hanging in there.

The pictures today are a little bit of delayed coverage from a bike ride I did around the Tongariro River Trail the other day.  The weather has just been outstanding.  The river looks in top condition to fish and I have seen quite a few anglers out and about.  On the weekend I counted 13 cars in the Red Hut carpark and a few days after that about 6. Not sure where the anglers were.  I would assume they were beating the feet and heading up river.


(Above) This is looking upstream to the Stag Pool from the cliff above the Cicada Pool. The Autumn has just been outstanding here in Turangi this year.

(Below) Looking downstream to the tail of the Cicada Pool. The centre of the picture is roughly where the Kamahi Pool is.

(Below) Looking across the farmland to The Umukarikari Range of the Kaimanawas. If my Swedish mate Kjell is watching … I got some of your Blonde Girlfriends in the picture for ewe 😉

(Below)  Looking upstream to the Shag Pool.  The rapid in the foreground leads into the top of the Duchess Pool.

(Below) The Duchess Pool looking downstream.  There is a ton of water to explore on the Tongariro.

(Below) Looking down onto the tail of the Red Hut Pool from the Red Hut bridge.


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