Category Archives: Central South Island F&G Lakes and Rivers

Central South Island Fish & Game Region extends from the south bank of the Rakaia River in the north to Moeraki in the south, and inland to Lake Ohau. Including the Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo Canals.

Twizel Canals Fishing Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo Canals – 35lb Rainbow Trout Video

35lb rainbow trout from the Twizel Canals.

Twizel Canals Fishing Tips – Plus 35lb rainbow video (scroll down) Tom Racz with a handsome rainbow jack trout weighing over 12 lbs taken in the Ohau A Canal, Mackenzie Country. Here are some Twizel Canals Fishing Tips to get you started. There is 58 km of hydro canals in the Mackenzie Country between Tekapo and the small South Canterbury town More...

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Samuel Wood, when aged just seven, with his first trout, a three and a quarter pound rainbow from Lake Alexandrina.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, June 26th, 2017
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Fishing Trip to Lake Alexandrina, Mackenzie Country

Fishing Trip to Lake Alexandrina – Rainbow or “Rambo” Trout! by Sam Wood Sam was just 7 years old when he wrote this piece. It is a great story! Samuel Wood, when aged just seven, with his first More...

Darren Shields with a 4.19 kg Brown Female trout. At lake Alexandrina Closing weekend. Congratulations Darren. That is a very good fish indeed. Photograph courtesy of Darren Shields.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
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Lake Alexandrina Winter Fishing – Mackenzie Country Trout Fly Fishing

Lake Alexandrina Winter Fishing – Mackenzie Country Trout Fly Fishing  by Muzza The road to Lake Alexandrina. The Mackenzie Country is mostly tree-less. Rain and sleet thrashed against the south facing windows More...

Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing. Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 11th, 2016
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Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing – Angler Etiquette

Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing – Angler Etiquette A huge rainbow trout is quickly weighed, photographed and released to fight another day. Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing. I recently More...

Joe Bennet with his four fish from Lake Alex.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 11th, 2016
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Ice Cold at Lake Alexandrina – Tangerine Holden, Mackenzie Country

Ice Cold at Lake Alex – A newcomer with his barbaric method! by Joe Bennet Joe Bennet with his four fish from Lake Alex. The first thing I did when I came to New Zealand was to buy a tangerine Holden Belmont, More...

Grays River brown trout featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 11th, 2016
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Grays River – A Mackenzie Country Dream – Fly Fishing

The Grays River – A Mackenzie Country Dream A 4.5lb brown trout taken on a size 14 Hairwing Adams.  Some years ago a group from the Canterbury Fly Fishing Club had been spending Easter at Twizel, fishing More...

Keith Reinke featured image. Waitaki River Salmon Fishing.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
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Waitaki River Salmon Fishing – Time of the Monster Salmon

A pair of big salmon taken from the Waitaki River by Rodger Colville. Waitaki River Salmon The Waitaki River is regarded by salmon anglers as “big water.” The mighty Waitaki frequently carries the most More...

Lake Ohau featured image
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 13th, 2015
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Lake Ohau Trout Fishing – in the Mackenzie Country near Twizel

Lake Ohau Trout Fishing Lake Ohau straddles the boundary between Canterbury and Otago. This high country lake (520m above sea level) covers 54 square kilometers. Expect it to be cold at night – even in summer. More...

Fish recovery operation being conducted in the Tekapo Canal .
By Allan Burgess On Friday, July 10th, 2015
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Study Shows the Twizel Canals Fishery More Self-Sustaining than First Thought

Twizel Canals Fishery in Good Nick! Fish recovery operation being conducted in the Tekapo Canal. Photo courtesy of Genesis Energy. by Allan Burgess A recent study of fish life, habitat and prey species, conducted More...

Rangitata sevengiller.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Sevengill Shark caught surfcasting near the mouth of the Rangitata River

Sevengill Shark Caught Surfcasting at the Rangitata Seven Gilled Shark caught near the mouth of the Rangitata River. We catch about 15 a season and all are returned to fight another day. This one was 9 foot long More...