Lake Taupo Trout Fishing Report For The 11th of August 2007

Shane French /

August 11, 2007

Hey all,

Stealth mode!!Brendon “I was a fish in my last life” Mathews and I went for a good walk into the upper pools of the Waitahanui this morning. Brendon has another book coming out soon and wanted to get some action and scenic shots of the upper River. We started above Burstal bridge in the Gold Fish bowl, with Brendon stalking a nice Rainbow close in. I wasn’t fast enough to get my camera out and he had hooked and dropped it by the time I had.

Water like this is the norm in the upper WaitahanuiWe looked in every nook and cranny there was on the way up to Flick and Switch, and at one stage got onto a good group of fresh run trout in some fast water. Brendon landed a good fish of about four pounds that had excellent markings and according to Brendon would make a brilliant photo. It would have, if I hadn’t then dropped it while removing it from the net.

Spawning JackWe ended up with about 5 or 6 landed and at least that again dropped. There are a few fish up there and no anglers, it is an excellent place to be on a Saturday or Sunday.

Bacon Wrapped Trout with Sundried Tomato and caper sauceI have just added another Trout recipe to the Recipe page, it is Bacon Wrapped trout with Sundried Tomato and Caper sauce.

To finish the report today I would like to mention the Trout size/condition debate going on at the moment. My opinion on it is this, “wait and see”. DOC are aware of the small size and are in the process of getting the size limit reduced, this will help in the culling of these fish, less fish more food hopefully means bigger fish in the future. their explanation of why the trout have been like this, makes sense and so we should listen to them and see what happens. The quality of fish has improved dramatically over the past three weeks and has coincided with the cold Wintery weather we should be getting, to induce these good fish to run. If this season did turn out to be a shocker and then next year was no better, or worse, then Doc would have to stand up and re think what is going on. I for one certainly can’t complain at the number of fish being caught, just the quality. Give DOC a chance, I believe they know what they are doing.

Regards Shane