it may not be known as the country's top fishing region, Taranaki
still offers some very good fishing. The area offers a wide variety
of freshwater fishing experienced in a scenic and uncrowded environment.
The good water quality is a key element of the region's trout fishing.
Rainbow trout fishing
Rainbow trout stocks at Waingongoro
River and Lakes Mangamahoe,
Opunake, and Ratapiko have been boosted for the 2006-2007 season
by 3600 from a Hawera hatchery.
River near Okato also hold stocks of rainbow trout. Erosion
resulted in many dead rainbow trout during 2006 but the situation
Brown trout fishing
Waters worthwhile fishing for brown
Fishing the Taranki Ringplain
Trout average 1.2-1.5kg and frequently reach 2kg
or more up to 4.5kg.
More than 40 trout streams originate from Mount
Egmont/Taranki in the Egmont National Park. There are also many
smaller fishable tributaries and seven lake fisheries. The
most popular fishery on the Taranaki ringplain is the Waingongoro
River which holds good populations of both brown and rainbow
A good spawning season and no damaging spring
floods means that local waterways have good trout numbers for the
Brown trout form self-sustaining wild populations
that are well adapted to coping with the rapid rises in river levels
that often occur during heavy rainfall on Mt Taranaki.
Streams on the Taranaki ring plain generally hold
between five and 20 trout per kilometre of water, depending on the
size and the type of water. Meandering stream sections hold more
trout than sections where the river channel is straight. In small
streams the larger trout reside in the pools, while in the larger
rivers they can be everywhere from pockets to runs and riffles.
Outstanding fishing in pristine conditions
Way upstream, where the streams emerge from Egmont
National Park – and even in the park itself – the fishing
experience can be outstanding thanks to pristine conditions and
gin-clear water. But those same conditions make the trout more difficult
Good fishing for average or learner anglers
This means that further downstream the Taranaki
rivers and streams are often the best places for average or learner
anglers to fish. And the fishing is still very good, too. Compared
to other more heavily fished parts of New Zealand, the trout are
still pretty naive, which means there can be exciting close-range
action where anglers can actually spot fish and stalk them.
The fishing year
At the beginning of the season, the trout fishing
can be superb. Using creeper (Dobsonfly
larva) as bait remains a legal method in all waters except those
restricted to fly fishing only.
As the days get longer and hotter towards summer,
water levels in Taranaki's rivers and streams get lower and the
fishing becomes harder.