Anglers input sought for rules change

Trout fishing rules are under review across the Eastern Region. Photo: Supplied.

Anglers are being urged to take the opportunity to have a say on regional trout fishing rules that are under review.

The rules are reviewed every second season by the Eastern Region Fish and Game Council.

Regional Manager Andy Garrick says submissions on the ‘rules & regs’ for the 2018-19 fishing season are welcomed; “whether you’re a dedicated fly fisher, a boat angler, or a casual spin fishing angler.”

“Our sports fishing regulations are of necessity something of a balancing act where we need to set rules to ensure the sustainability of fisheries, while not unnecessarily restricting angler opportunities,” says Andy. 

“We also want to keep the rules as simple as we possibly can to minimise the confusion they sometimes produce, and to remove the barriers to more people participating by making the rules easier to follow.”

The review process is a perfect time for licence holders to get involved in management of the fisheries he says.

 “We welcome constructive ideas and would appreciate hearing from you if you have strong views either for or against any of the proposals that are being considered.”

Proposals on the table include the removal of some seasonal ‘fly fishing only’ rules in a number of areas around the shorelines of Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti and Tarawera which are complex, generate confusion, and are seen as discriminatory by some licence holders.

He says Fish & Game has tried to make it as easy as possible to have a say on these and other proposals which include:

  •   •  Removing the ‘Fly Fishing Only’ restrictions from part or all of the Ohau River Channel.

  •   •  Changing designation of areas within which boats must be anchored when trout fishing.

  •   •  Prohibiting the use of multi-point hooks (doubles/trebles etc) within the Eastern Fish & Game Region.

The document containing the full list of proposals can be found at:

Fish & Game welcomes submissions emailed to:

If you’d prefer to write, send your comments to: Eastern Region Fish & Game, Private Bag 3010, Rotorua 3046.  The deadline is March 20, 2018.

The proposals for the 2018-19 season, will go before a meeting of the Eastern Fish and Game Council in June 2018. If adopted, they would come into effect from October 1 next year.

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