Fishing Reports

Sunday 25th October 2020

Highly Fishable

Overcast but fine here in Turangi this morning.  No wind as of 11:30am.  All rivers are clear and fishable.

As I said the other day, a few brown trout were caught out in Lake Taupo towards the end of last week and that there is usually a window at this time of the year where more seem to be caught than at other times of the year.  This week we had a few more caught.  The following pictures were sent in yesterday thanks to Lonny Carey.

(Below) This is Dave with an 11lb brown trout (74cm) caught on Friday 23rd October, harling at 6:15am, dawn.  This was caught using a Bengal Tiger Tasmanian Devil.


(Below) This is a picture of Sarah and a 7.75lb brown trout (64cm) caught yesterday (Sat 24th Oct) harling once again at 6:15 am.  Most other boaties spoken to over the holiday weekend have done quite well trolling.  Still few reports from the jiggers but some lucky ones have done ok doing this.


(Below) There has been a bit of an algal bloom out in Lake Taupo recently and it might pay to read the following information we received via email overnight.


Over night there has been a public health warning released by Toi te Ora- Public Health, advising recreational users to avoid certain areas presently along the eastern side of Lake Taupo. This is due to a toxic algal bloom that has presented in areas. The areas highlighted extend from Hatepe through to Motuoapa. However our guys were on the lake yesterday and have also noted a similar bloom at the Tongariro Delta.

The main advice is for recreational users to avoid coming into contact with the water where the algal blooms are presenting.

Further advice to for anglers taking trout as per information on the Toi to Ora website is –

‘Where there is an algal bloom in a lake, it seems unlikely that there is any risk from eating the flesh of trout but it’s very important to remove the gut and liver and wash in clean water first. Do not take or consume trout that are found already dead. Shellfish and kōura (freshwater crayfish) should not be eaten as would likely present a risk to health’

The following links provide the pertinent information-

The Taupo Fishery has shared the information on our facebook page here

We’ll follow up with any further information as it is received.

Peter Shepherd

Supervisor- Community

Department of Conservation


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