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

Silver salmon from the Twizel Canals - featured image.

Twizel Canals Fishing Tips – Plus 35lb rainbow video (scroll down) 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 of Twizel. The More...

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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...

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...

Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing. Mackenzie Country Canals Mid-Winter Fishing
By Allan Burgess On Monday, June 13th, 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...

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...

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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...

Leigh Tobeck with a very fat 7.5 pound searun brown trout taken in the Rangitata River. What a well fed fish! Photograph by Darryl French.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Rangitata River Salmon, Trout, and Surfcasting

Lesly (Haggis from Scotland) with his limit bag from the Rangitata River. 22 and 26 lbs. Photo: Darryl French. Rangitata River Salmon, Trout, and Surfcasting with Allan Burgess The “Rangi” as it is affectionately More...

Opihi River salmon.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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Opihi River, Trout and Salmon Fishing – South Canterbury

Opihi River The Opihi is a small river flowing south-east with a length of some 75kms. It flows into the sea about 10kms north of Timaru. There is a small bach settlement near the mouth called Milford Huts on the More...