Date: 12 November 2012
The Lake Taupō smelt harvest season opened 1 November 2012 and will continue until 28 February 2013.
Permits to harvest smelt must be obtained through the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board. The Board and the Department of Conservation have an agreement that the harvest of smelt can only occur if it does not affect the sustainability of the smelt population and the Taupō trout fishery, which is dependent on smelt as a food source.
Smelt were much more abundant last summer as identified by our monthly monitoring and angler reports, which has resulted in better conditioned and larger numbers of spawning trout running the rivers this year. We are therefore expecting good fishing on the lake over summer.
Kim Turia, Programme Manager Community Relations,
Department of Conservation Taupō-nui-ā-tia Area Office,
Ph: +64 7 384 7163