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This a seldom fished stream mouth worth
trying at night and when fish are smelting.
Mangamutu Stream mouth
The Mangamutu is a major tributary of
the Waitahanui River which it joins immediately above the
State Highway 1 Bridge. It is spring-creek fed and so has
crystal clear water and holds a surprising number of large
trout (mostly browns) despite its relatively small size. Although
it does not enter Lake Taupo directly, it is included here
as it is an important fishery that is often overlooked in
favour of larger rivers.
Only fly fishing is permitted in the Mangamutu
Stream and the open season is from 1 December to 31 May. Tributaries
of the Mangamutu are closed all year. See the Taupo
regulations for full details.
Waitahanui River mouth:
the picket line
At the river mouth of the Waitahanui River
is the famous picket line or picket fence made up of numbers
of anglers lined up fishing the current of the Waitahanui
river as it enters Lake Taupo. Due to the popularity of the
spot, it is not recommended for beginners as often anglers
stand very close together and do not appreciate poor casting.
Often after a strong westerly wind the current
is forced to run parallel to the beach bringing the fish close to
shore. The best time to fish the picket line is during the winter
as trout congregate around the river mouth ready to move upstream
to spawn, and during February and March when large browns can be
caught as they come close to shore.
For further information, see Waitahanaui
Hinemaiaia River mouth
(also known as Hatepe River)
The mouth of the Hinemaiaia river is fairly shallow
but has a good rip a or current that is best fished after strong
southwest winds forces it to run along close to the shore. This
section is best fished with an intermediate or floating line and
is particularly good on dark evenings. The best months to fish here
are between February and May.
For further information, see Hinemaiaia
Waitotara Stream mouth
There can be good fishing at the Waitotara stream
mouth that flows into Hallett's Bay south of Hatepe. This area is
best fished at change of light or on dark nights.
Wairere Stream mouth
The Wairere is a very small stream that
provides good fishing when the smelt are running. It fishes
best at change of light or on dark nights.
Waipehi Stream mouth
The Waipehi is a small stream that offers
good fishing at change of light and at night. It is very shallow
and rocky and so is best fished using a floating line.
Waitetoko Stream mouth
The small stream mouth is very shallow
and so it is best fished using a floating line on dark evenings
particularly when smelt are running.
Tauranga-Taupo River mouth
The Tauranga Taupo river mouth is very popular
and is fished both from the shore and from anchored boats. The the
water where the river enters Lake Taupo is very deep and great care
must be taken when fishing at particularly at night. Because of
its depth it is less affected by bright moonlight. It can also fish
well during the day. It is best fished using a fast sinking line
as the fish tend to lie deep.
For further information, see Tauranga-Taupo
Waimarino River mouth
Where the Waimarino river enters Lake Taupo at
Stump Bay is very shallow though there is a steep drop-off some
distance from the shore that can be reached when the lake levels
are low. Floating lines are needed under normal conditions but when
Lake Taupo is under 356.4 metres, you can wade to the drop-off and
use a fast sinking line. This area is best fished after dark and
is particularly good in the months between March and May.
For further information, see Waimarino
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Waiotaka River mouth
The Waiotaka River enters Lake Taupo at very
shallow bay. It provides excellent fishing during the smelting season.
Due to its depth it is best to use a floating line. During times
of low lake level it's possible to wade approximately hundred metres
out into the lake and fish the steep drop-off using a fast sinking
line as the fish tend to lie deep.
For further information, see Waiotaka
Tongariro River mouth
The Tongariro river mouth, also known as the
delta is one of the top fishing spots in this fishery. It is fished
usually from an anchored boat. Those wishing to wade can do so but
be very careful as the lake bottom is made up of soft pumice which
does not provide secure footing. Great care must also be taken as
the drop-off is very steep.
For further information, see Tongariro
Tokaanu Tailrace mouth
The Tokaanu tailrace is where the water
from the Tokaanu powerhouse enters Lake Taupo. It provides
excellent fishing for large trout when the smelt are running.
Most anglers fish either at the mouth of the tailrace a from
the Tokaanu wharf.
Tokaanu Stream mouth
The Tokaanu stream is very small but can
provide excellent fishing at night when using a floating line
as the water is very shallow.
Slip Creek is very small and flows into
the southernmost part of Lake Taupo. It is best fished either
early morning or during the evening or night using a floating
Waihi stream enters Lake Taupo near Waihi
township and those wishing to fish it from the shore will
need permission as access is over private land. It can be
reached by water however and offers good fishing at change
of light and on dark nights using dark smelt fly patterns.
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Pukawa Stream mouth
This small stream is best fished with a
floating line at change of light or on a dark night.
Omori Stream mouth
The Omori is a very small stream requiring
a floating line as the water here is very shallow. Best fished
at change of light or on a dark evening.
Kuratau River mouth
The Kuratau River enters Lake Taupo across a
shallow delta which is safe to wade and can provide excellent fishing.
Although this is a top spot for harling, it is also very productive
when fishing with a floating line during the day when the smelt
are running, and particularly at change of light and on dark nights.
Whareroa Stream mouth
The Whareroa Stream enters Lake Taupo at
Te Hape Bay and fishs very well when the smelt move close
to the shoreline. It is relatively shallow and so best fished
with a floating or intermediate line.
Mangakara Stream is very remote and really only
accessible by boat. It offers good fishing from October to December
as fish move close to shore chasing smelt and during times of change
of light and on very dark nights. Best fished with a slow sinking
or floating line.
Whanganui Stream mouth
The Whanganui stream mouth is remote and generally
only be reached by boat. The stream mouths provides good fishing
during the smelt season as it is relatively shallow a floating or
intermediate line is best. While most fishing is around the rip
where the stream enters the lake, there can be very good fishing
all along the shoreline especially on dark nights.
Waikino Stream mouth
The Waikino stream mouth is very remote and can
only be reached by boat, but can provide excellent fishing in the
rip for the trout that feed in the current. It is best fished using
a sinking line.
One of the most remote stream mouths, Otaunga
Stream can only be reached by boat. For those who can get
there it offers good fishing where the stream enters the lake.
The water is deep so this area can fish well at any time of
the day and even during bright moonlit nights.
Waihaha River mouth
The Waihaha River mouth is generally reached
by boat and fishes very well during the smelting season. There are
many stretches that fish well, and as it is so remote it receives
less fishing pressure than other areas around the lake. The water
is relatively deep and the current formed by the river entering
the lake provides an excellent river in which fish feed.
View graphs of Waihaha
water quality at the Environment Waikato website.
Otupoto Stream mouth
The Otupoto stream mouth is usually fished
by boat either by fly casting or harling through the current
formed as the river enters the lake.
A small remote stream mouth that enters
Taupo at Waihora Bay and provides excellent fishing in the
rip at change of light and at night. Waihora Bay can be reached
by boat or by taking a walking track.
A small remote stream mouth that enters Taupo
at Waihora Bay and provides excellent fishing in the rip at change
of light and at night. Waihora Bay can be reached by boat or by
taking a walking track. This area receives very light angling pressure.
Waihora Stream mouth
The Waihora stream mouth is accessed by
boat and provides excellent fishing when smelt are running.
It can be fished from the shore a by casting from the boat.
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Tutaeuaua Stream mouth
The Tutaeuaua Stream enters the remote
Kawakawa Bay and provides excellent fishing in the rip for
those anglers willing to walk to it.
Otutira Stream mouth
The Otutira stream enters Lake Taupo at
Kawakawa Bay and has an excellent rip providing good fishing
during the day and especially at change of light and on dark
nights when there are good numbers of smelt around.
Omoho Stream mouth
The Omoho Stream also known as Chinaman's
Creek, is remote and provides excellent fishing for any angler
willing to make walk to it. It fishes well during the day
but comes into its own during the evening or on a dark night.
Otaketake Stream mouth
The Otaketake is a small stream that fishes
well during the smelt season.
Whangamata Stream mouth
The Whangamata stream is a small and best
fished at night using a floating or intermediate line.
Mapara Stream mouth
The Mapara stream enters Lake Taupo on
the eastern edge of Whakaipo Bay. It fishes well throughout
the year and is very popular due to its relatively easy access
and closeness to Taupo township.