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.
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
to the upper river is through farmland off Alfred or Egmont
Roads, with bridge crossings at upper Lepper Road and SH3
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.
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
larva) or worm is effective. Live bait fishing is also
popular during and after freshes.