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Central North Island - freshwater

July 2, 2021
It’s July and finally Taupo has received some much-needed rain and cold!! The last few days of June saw the rivers have their first real “flush” of the season, and thankfully the rivers responded accordingly. The fishing over the last few days coming into July has been nothing short of outstanding both in numbers and in quality and size of fish.
Central North Island - freshwater

Central North Island - freshwater

June 11, 2021
Lake Boaties on the great lake are now having to work a bit harder for their fish now as the water starts to cool significantly this time of the year. The fish are still there but you need to hunt a lot harder by constantly changing depths and areas. The rewards are there though in the form of some excellent sized and well-conditioned fish. Consistent depths seem to hover around that 120 foot mark but this can vary on any one day. Best lures for winter are always going to be the Spotty Gold and Traffic Lights in the cobra range along with the liquorice Tassie Devil and of course the ever-faithful Black Toby.
Central North Island - freshwater

Central North Island - freshwater

May 13, 2021
Fishing on the great lake has been very mixed as we head towards winter. The fish have been a little harder to find with the thermocline breaking up as the water temperature drops. Those who have managed to find the magic spots have been well rewarded with some magnificently well-conditioned fish, big fit silver bars full of smelt.
Central North Island - freshwater

Central North Island - freshwater

April 7, 2021
Check out that stonker old brown landed by Gary Lyttle (of Fly and Gun Taupo)! Fishing on the great lake has just started to pick up again after a bit of a lull that we come to expect at the height of summer. The water temps are cooling down quickly now and the fishing is improving gradually as we head into April. Cooler water and more oxygen from stronger autumnal winds means the fishing improves and so does the condition factor on the fish as they maraud the shoals of smelt to put condition on for the winter months ahead. I reckon we could have some of the best fishing of the season over the next 6 weeks or so.
Central North Island - freshwater

Central North Island - freshwater

March 3, 2021
Taupo is fishing really well, pretty much over the whole lake, now that the main holiday traffic has quietened down. Fish are also reported as gaining better condition as we head into autumn. I predict that we will be in for a bumper March, April, May period as the fish seem to be really starting to hammer the smelt now that the thermocline has settled. The thermocline is pretty much set at between 30-35 meters so setting your drifts between 20 and 40 meters should get you in the zone.
Central North Island - freshwater

Central North Island - freshwater

January 31, 2021
The weather seems to have finally broken and the heat is on however it is still quite windy on the great lake but a lot easier than the last few weeks. As the water is now seeing thermocline at around 20-35 metres the jigging is really starting to fire. There is still a mixture of size and conditioned fish being caught but some really good quality silver bars are coming through. Pat Swift flies in size 10 are doing the business with Ginger Mick and Jack Spratt patterns really standing out. Top areas would have to be over in the north, and western bays, where some phenomenal catches have been made both jigging and on the downrigger.

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