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Lake Taupo fishing

Autumn fishing in Lake Taupo

Fishing on the lake at this time of year is almost always good as trout have spent all summer regaining weight after the previous year’s spawning runs (April/May to November). They are close to their best condition of the year.

River fishing

River fishing in Great Lake Taupo

River mouth fishing also improves as these same trout start to ready themselves for the next spawning runs. Trout tend to head to the river mouths awaiting what is known as a ‘fresh’. This is when heavy rains increase the flow into surrounding rivers which flushes into the lake, providing a trigger for trout to run upstream to spawn.

Waitahanui, Tauranga Taupo, Tongariro and Waimarino river mouths are the best fishing locations on the eastern side of the lake. The Hinemaiaia stream predominately has spawning runs earlier than the other tributaries and has plentiful trout in the river from April through to August.

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