The Taupo Fishery is a wild fishery sustained by trout spawning in the streams & rivers around the lake. At the Trout Centre you can see these fish in the Waihukahuka Stream.
Usually the Trout Centre's hatchery just rears fish for the children's fishing pond, but it is also a safe guard for the fishery. Should some disaster, like a major volucanic eruption, wipe out the wild fish, the hatchery could be used to restock the streams and lake.
The Taupo Fishery is rich in history, all of which is outlined in the following pages.
The Tongariro River is the largest and most important spawning river in the Taupo District. Each year an estimate is made of how many fish run the river to spawn, and this gives an indication of the health of the fishery.
Summer fishing in the Taupo District is centred around the great lake. 75% of the fishing effort put in by anglers each year is out on the lake. Once trout have spawned over the winter period, they make their way back to the lake where they feed on smelt to regain the condition they have lost during spawning.