Date: 14 December 2012
The use of lures with electronic chips attached in Lake Taupō is against Taupo Fishery Regulations
The Department of Conservation has become aware that some electronic fishing lures are being used in Lake Taupō to catch trout and want to inform anglers that the use of these lures is prohibited by the Taupō Fishery Regulations.
These lures come in a variety of colours and resemble a flatfish style lure. On the underside of the lure is a small stainless steel canister approximately 10 mm long which contains a microchip crystal and a small metal ball which rolls around inside. As the ball strikes the microchip crystal it produces a tiny electric impulse which duplicates the nerve discharge of a wounded baitfish.
DOC does not have an issue with the lures themselves but only with the small chips attached underneath. This chip is clearly electronic and therefore, contravenes Section 20 (1) (b) (vii) of the Taupō Fishery Regulations 2004 which states that "A person must not use for the purpose of taking trout any fish attracting electronic device". In many instances the same chip is also attached to flasher plates and the use of these flasher plates with the chip also breaches this section of the Taupō Fishery Regulations.
With an influx of anglers arriving to fish the Taupō area over the Christmas and New Year period, we would like to remind all anglers and charter boat operators that the use of any electronic lures is currently prohibited. This is endorsed by the Taupō Fishery Advisory Committee.
With a review of the Taupō Fishery currently underway, a review of the Taupō Fishery Regulations is likely to be one of the recommendations for the near future to help make the regulations more user friendly and more in line with Fish & Game. Such a review will look into new and innovative lures and methods of fishing and is timely given the rapid development of fishing equipment over recent years.