Welcome to ‘Taupo Fishery Focus’ – the new bi-monthly online newsletter aimed at anglers who fish this world class trout fishery.
Taupō Fishery Focus.
By trout anglers for trout anglers.
Issue 1 – August 2018.
In this first edition we highlight the results from this years lake productivity surveys and consider the implications for trout. With the arrival of the spawning runs, we have a timely reminder to buy a new 2018/19 fishing licence before you hit the water. In addition we look at wader safety, highlight videos for new fly anglers, reference drift dives and finally celebrate the recently launched magazine archive, which opens the entire Target Taupo back catalogue to the general public.
We look forward to developing this e-newsletter over time and welcome your ideas and feedback.
Science – Lake Productivity Survey.
Results from the bi-annual echo-sounding programme show that in April this year the productivity (made up primarily of plankton and smelt) in the southern end of Lake Taupo was very high, while the northern end was relatively poor. It is not unusual to see a north south split, however this year the southern end was particularly good, being the second highest since the monitoring started in 2010 – more >
Rainbows on the Move.
Last season we experienced a particularly good year with large numbers of big fish running early in the winter. This year has seen a return, to what has recently become a more typical pattern of later runs – more>
Annual fishing licences can be purchased from 25 June and are valid from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. Costs remain unchanged – more>
Winter Wader Safety.
Fly-fishers are often tempted to wade out a bit deeper to reach a favoured trout lie or make a river crossing to get to a better spot. Routine actions perhaps, but it pays to be mindful of safety, especially at this time of year when river flows can be variable and water temperatures colder – read about safe wading >
Fly-fishing techniques for newbies.
What new anglers need is a clear, simple introduction – such as the Fishery Management Team video clips on YouTube:
Target Taupo Online.
Many of the articles remain highly relevant, providing readers with a rich understanding of the biology of the fishery and how trout behave in this premium environment – more>
Drift dives underway.
Data is still being collected so conclusions are not yet available, however this snapshot points to a typical situation at this time of year, where the main spawning runs are yet to occur – more>
Send us your photos and stories.
Have you photographed a good fish or captured an awesome fishing moment? Want to see it featured? Simply send your photographs and a bit of background info to us. Message us on Facebook or send an email to the editor>