Lake Taupo Trout Fishing Report For The 26th Of March 2008

Shane French /

March 26, 2008

Hey all,

It is a little early in the season to be saying this but wow do we need some rain in the Taupo catchment, even if it is for the poor old farmers out there.

Rivers like the Tauranga Taupo have almost dried up- well not really but damn low. It is currently running at just above 0.250 so approach the water with care, get down low and tread carefully. Use long leaders and next to nothing indicators. There are plenty of trout in there but conditions make it hard, as a result angling pressure will be light!

Still heaps of fish in the Tongariro but again don’t go heavy, using winter techniques in summer conditions will make it hard going for you. This river has proven itself to be an all year round fishery now, can we thank global warming for that or are just more people fishing it and hearing about the results?

I was a little disappointed with the Hinemaiaia over Easter, there were a tonne of small fish in there around 7 inches but very few bigger ones.

The Waitahanui still has good numbers of both Rainbows and Browns through it. Like all the rivers go slow and use smaller gear than normal. Have on a pair of polarized glasses and carefully look for the trout first in the deeper runs and pools. This river has proven to be excellent this summer, and others apparently. I guess because of the extra cold water, deep pools and cover from foliage it is a good option for fish to hide and rest in. Any dark fly is a good option here at the moment.

Out the front of the Lodge!!

Hard going would sum it up. You need to be deep at the moment, over the drop off with a long trace and plenty of colours. Yellow and Green Cobras doing it apparently.

Lets have a talk about the ugly pile of Rocks or “reef” as the wankers have chosen to call it. Well for me the jury is back! I’ve had time to make up my mind, watch the change in conditions and come to a decision.

The rocks and subsequent huge amounts of sand from another eco system outside of Taupo, were placed there due to the erosion of lake front properties over the years, with the big storm 5 years ago sealing the deal. The only time this erosion occurs is when the power company allows the lake level to get TOO HIGH. What happens, is that when the lake level is ALLOWED, (remember this is controlled) to get high and a Westerly, or South Westerly Blows up, this is the prevailing wind. The outcome is huge waves smashing onto the front properties and washing away the soil, destroying land. This wave action does however increase the sand build up and this is an important fact. The waves actually dump sand onto the beach which in return builds up naturally. The obvious, less expensive, easier, less environmentally traumatic way to deal with this erosion issue, would be to reduce the level of water in the lake to a point where storms had no effect on lake front properties and will naturally build up the beach. The LEVEL has been maintained for the past few years and even when the most ferocious of storms have battered this eastern side, properties have been spared, simple huh!

It should be noted that this constant lake level is actually healthy for the entire eco system. This is another side issue. The huge ugly pile of rocks is designed to stop the NATURAL flow of sediment from heading up the lake towards Taupo. As a result these rocks are keeping the sand from it’s natural journey north. One of the problems with this is that the weed that drifts into the Waitahanui Bay during a storm can not drift down the bay and dissipate naturally, it is now trapped by the ugly f-ing rocks (I’m against the rocks you might have guessed) and it ROTS on the beach. Bet the brains behind this scheme, didn’t think of that when they sat around the board table. The rotting effect of tons of weed, apart from a sewage- like smell, may be the reason that this year, a large amount of dead fish in GOOD condition, where found washed up in that area.

The bay has silted up!!!!!! This was my major concern when I saw the HUGE amount of unnatural sand being placed there by the barge. For Gods sake what will this do to the Waitahanui rip. The PICKET fence! This is one of the most photographed pieces of fresh fish water in the WORLD. Already there are two Rips- one behind the other. Have a look when anglers are fishing, the taller anglers can wade out and stand another 30 meters in front of the first group, (side issue here guys; fishing etiquette, just because you can doesn’t mean you should!!!!). If the Waitahanui Rip does silt up, will this have an effect on the winter runs coming through? The fishing in the river has always been best when the rip is deep and strong, not shallow and fan shaped.The front of the Lodge here is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO shallow that launching a boat is somewhat tricky and there are one or two rocks out there that would quite happily take out the prop or bottom of your boat. Yes Yes I know the lake level is at one of its lowest in many years but believe me there is a huge build up of sand out there. A large group of rocks that have been there ever since we took over the lodge, has been covered. This small eco system of Cock-A-Bully’s and Koura has been wiped out, you don’t do stuff like this without consequences! Why did they not just resolve the issue by keeping the lake at a slightly lower level?

Taupo is a tourism driven town! Without the visitors we would go under FAST. We have on our doorstep, the most precious of natural resources and a huge part of that is our fishery. We need to be strong and vigilant against anything that may have a negative influence on this resource. Decisions like the “Reef” need to be looked at with a thought about the environment, not with money in mind. Someone, somewhere made a shocker of a decision here, I bet they don’t live here and I bet they don’t fish!!!!

Next time I will rant on Didymo, Lets do something about this bullshit before it reaches the North Island. We ALL need to unite on this FAST!!!

Shane, (who is against the pile of rocks)