Lake Opuha

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  • #48930

    marsh03
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    Hi, I’m heading to Lake Opuha in south Canterbury in a couple of weeks. Never fished there before, i understand that the lake was dried up last summer. Does anyone have any experience/knowledge about fishing here they would be willing to share? I heard that the lake was full again now but not sure what the effect of it drying up last year will of had on the fishing for this year?

    Thanks

    #51023

    troutfishernz
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    old topic Have fished Opuha a couple of times this season the fish are still there but in poor condition, sadly the lake is already starting get low again after no significant rain in 2 years.

    #51054

    yellowfin
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    Have you a photograph of one of the better fish you have taken in Lake Opuha, or indeed of the lake itself?

    #53646

    troutfishernz
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    been up to lake Opuha today pretty quiet, I only caught one brown around 2lb
    mate got a fat rainbow around 4lb with flesh red salmon.

    #53647

    Allan Burgess
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    I’ve never fished at Lake Opuha. But I have been close to it several times recently. I’ll have to have a look and a few casts. I checked out Lake Alexandrina about two months ago. It was closed to fishing but it was interesting have a look around all the same. Some very cool old baches or cribs there. Looks like most of the fishing is done from dinghies.

    #53661

    troutfishernz
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    fished lake opuha again today as all rivers are in flood, Nothing big caught but some real fat fish around got 3 in hour all around 2-2.5lb but shaped like footballs and bright silver

    #54536

    troutfishernz
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    went up to lake Opuha last week lake level has dropped at least 3m in the last month fishing was slow but seen some nice fish cruising taking flies but not interested in spinners. still a few skinny fish around though with the 3 browns me a mate caught all in average to poor condition.

    photo below shows the how skinny the fish are that was the best conditioned fish out the 3 we caught.

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    #54542

    Allan Burgess
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    The fish in the picture does look a bit skinny. Can’t be enough food for them in Lake Opuha perhaps.

    #54583

    troutfishernz
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    must just be the browns in average/poor condition, as I got 2 fat rainbows this morning at Opuha, both 2.5lb with red flesh. lots of browns feeding on the surface near the dam but not interested in spinners.

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    #54595

    Allan Burgess
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    They are two very good looking rainbows. With bright red flesh, they should be good eating. If Lake Opua is shallow it could be heating up which may be affecting the condition factor of the browns to a greater degree. Optimum water temperatures for the Rainbow and Brown Trout are 10-22°C and 4-19°C respectively. Even if the water has cooled over the past month or so, if it was too hot for them earlier they could have lost condition as a result.

    #55669

    troutfishernz
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    first Time at Lake Ophua this season, Slow fishing today with only 1 rainbow around 2lb caught between 3 of us didn’t see many fish rising or any along the edges..

    #55671

    Allan Burgess
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    A slow start maybe. Sometimes they are there but just not biting.

    #55673

    troutfishernz
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    Yes im sure they where there, Lake Opuha has a quite high population of Trout. Was a easterly/southeasterly wind blowing from mid morning which seems slow the fishing down on most stillwaters/lakes.

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