After a summer of tough fishing which caused some serious concern amongst anglers as to the long term health of the Taupo Fishery, it has rebounded significantly in recent months. At the time anglers were concerned that the trout may have starved to death on the back of an apparent lack of their main food source smelt. However the other possibility identified was that the smelt and trout had spent the summer in the middle of the lake out of reach of anglers, and this indeed is what seems to have happened says Glenn Maclean.
In recent weeks lake anglers are reporting good catches of well conditioned trout, often full of smelt when they are landed. This is consistent with a recent acoustic survey we undertook of the lake which showed large schools of smelt out in the open waters. Feeding like this trout will grow rapidly and indeed amongst the catch more and more larger trout are showing up, much more the sort of fish we associate with the Taupo Fishery said Glenn.
One possible spinoff from the low catches over summer is that the overall lake harvest will be smaller than usual. Therefore we expect more trout to survive to maturity and so run the rivers to spawn, a plus for anglers targeting these fish on the Taupo rivers this winter. As usual in recent years the runs are likely to occur later in winter and spring for the most part says Glenn. However if the fish continue growing as they are at the moment then there will be some very good trout amongst them.