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Waiwhakaiho River Trout Fishing

The Waiwhakaiho River is the Taranaki ring plain river closest to New Plymouth, with excellent brown trout fishing in the upper reaches, and good fishing in the lower reaches for average angers and learners.

 

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Fish type, number and size

Brown trout predominate, averaging 1.2 - 1.5 kg but with some growing to over 2kg. There are good numbers of brown trout in self-sustaining wild populations.

Situation The Waiwhakaiho originates in Mt Taranaki/Egmont and is one of the Taranaki ringplain fisheries. It is New Plymouth’s closest river .
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The Waiwhakaiho River is subject to rapid rises in river level when  there is heavy rainfall on the mountain.

River flow and river level

View graphs of recent river flow and river level at the Taranaki Regional Council website.

Rainfall

View graphs of recent rainfall at North Egmont.

Weather forecast

View the MetService weather forecast for New Plymouth.

Description

The Waiwhakaiko is best fished in its upper reaches, or in the lower river below the outlet of Mangorei power station. The lower river fishes well in the mornings before the power station discharge begins.

Access

Access to the upper river is through farmland off Alfred or Egmont Roads, with bridge crossings at upper Lepper Road and SH3 (Egmont Village).

Access to the lower river is from Devon Road (SH3) and Rimu Street, Merrilands Domain and William Street, which are all off Mangorei Road. At Rimu Street, head right at the fork in the road and walk along the gravel track at the end of the road. The pool at the end of the gravel track marks the upstream limit for all year fishing.

Methods

Fly, bait and spin fishing will all take fish, with spinners being popular in the larger pools.

Large brown trout in the upper reaches are best targeted with a dry fly during the evening rise.

Early season live bait fishing with creeper (Dobsonfly larva) or worm is effective. Live bait fishing is also popular during and after freshes.

Recommended lures

Nymphs: Dobsonfly and other creeper patterns

Dry flies: Use small flies such as an Adams, or sedge (size 14-16) throughout the season. During early summer beetle patterns and cicadas from late summer

Wet flies: small wets are the preferred flies and spider patterns always work well in the evenings when fish are taking just subsurface.

Spinners: Tobys. veltics and z-spinners

Bait: Creeper (Dobsonfly larva), worm

Regulations (1)
Applicable to Waiwhakaiho River upstream from the end of Rimu Street extension
Region Taranaki region regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Trout: 2
Size limit (cm) None
Regulations (2)
Applicable to Waiwhakaiho River downstream from the end of Rimu Street extension
Region Taranaki region regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Sept
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Trout: 2
Size limit (cm) None
Regulations (3)
Applicable to Waiwhakaiho inlet to Lake Mangamahoe
Region Taranaki region regulations
Season 1 Oct-30 Apr
Methods Flyfishing only.
No fishing from a boat.
Bag limit Trout: 2
Size limit (cm) None

 

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