Fishing Reports

Friday 31st January 2020

Highly Fishable
Partly sunny
28km/h
21.6m3/s

10:00am  The wind has picked up and is quite gusty.

Fine and sunny start to the day here in Turangi today.  Cool and crisp.  A nice cool breeze is blowing. All rivers are clear and fishable.

I’ve seen some pictures of some cracker looking rainbows from out of Lake Taupo … genuine 5-6lb fish that have not been weighed by the EYE Scales. The quality of these fish are supurb and a few anglers are now commenting that ” we haven’t seen the likes of these fish for 20 years “.  I’m thinking that those fishing the river this year are going to get a bit of a shock.

There seems to have been some good food that the fish have been chowing on with some anglers reporting quite big smelt. Obviously conditions have been quite good in the lake to produce the larger smelt with the view that possibly the good summer last year, wetter winter, higher lake level and possibly the 6 fish bag limit doing its job.  All theories … no one really knows and no one will ever know why ! But better make sure you have plenty of backing on your fly reels this year 😉

(Below) Karl Sawyer with one of the genuine weighed fish …. a cracker caught at the Southern End of Lake Taupo. While most anglers in the lake have concentrated on jigging … don’t forget that fly fishing can also produce fish too.

(Below) Neil went for a walk up to the lookout above the S.H.1 road bridge at about 8:15am this morning. This is looking upstream to the Judges Pool devoid of any anglers. A lenticular cloud is forming above Mt Pihanga.

(Below) Looking downstream to a lone angler in the Bridge Pool.

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