- 05/04/2013 at 1:45 am #23319
Yeah Glowbugs work great in the winter, I use the tiny orange ones and have had great success. I normally fish them with spinning gear but next time i am down there im gonna try the fly rod.07/06/2013 at 6:08 am #23460
Anyone been up the canals lately? is there any fish in the Tekapo canal following the maintenance over summer?? Looking at heading up soon with some family who have never caught Trout or Salmon before.08/06/2013 at 10:29 pm #23463
went to twizel canals last week end no salmon caught but some good big browns 4 over 10 lb13/06/2013 at 9:51 am #23470fisherman1Participant
twizel canals 2 weeks ago, 2 small salmon, and a decent rainbow trout of 6lbs spin fishing with tobys29/06/2013 at 7:43 am #23533
Fished at Ohau A today with my mate, Freezing cold all day had major problems with my rod Guides and braid getting iced up. Still a awesome day though with heaps of Salmon caught most between 3-8lb. I got 2 around 4-5lb and my mate got a smaller one and a 7lber. Not sure what the fish eat in Ohau but man they put up a good fight compared to the ones at Tekapo.
30/06/2013 at 1:35 am #23534AnonymousInactive
Was it very busy down there? I’m thinking of going next weekend.30/06/2013 at 2:00 am #23535
Pretty quiet really about 5 or 6 other people fishing, Probably something to do with the fact it was still -4 with fog at lunchtime.12/07/2013 at 3:24 am #23551
Tekapo Canal Fishing
Winter fishing can be as exciting as summer at the Tekapo Canals, near Twizel, inland South Canterbury.
When I say big fish I mean BIG FISH! These monster wild trout and salmon have been feeding on pellets that drift down stream from the fish farm on the canal. If you want an exciting experience fishing in winter, head to the canals, grab yourself some soft baits and light spinning gear and have yourself a ball. We encourage you to catch and release the trout which may go on to spawn. This gives another angler the chance to catch an enormous rainbow trout. However the salmon don’t breed and will die in a couple of years anyway. They are excellent eating.
Malcolm Bell and the team from The Complete Angler tackle store in Christchurch have pretty much perfected the techniques and tackle required to catch these big fish. Although various methods will catch fish you will be amazed at just how effective these modern soft baits are if fished right. Go to The Complete Angler website and check out the videos and pictures. You will be amazed. Here’s the link (scroll down the page for the videos):
New Fishingmag Website Videos
Yes it is all videos nowadays. At fishingmag.co.nz we are adding new videos almost every day now. Not all of these are on YouTube! Here’s a sample on our page about catching yellow-eyed mullet:
https://fishingmag.co.nz/Yellow-eyed-mullet.htm17/07/2013 at 5:00 am #23558
Fished Ohau A today, Lost something big and then got this 4lb Salmon. Lots of people up there today but not a lot caught except for some guy on the other side of the canal getting a fish every cast on a fly rod.
14/08/2013 at 1:04 am #23617
I’ve been down to the canals for a week and caught heaps of salmon. Fished “Ohau A” mostly. I was amazed at just how many people were fishing there! A lot of salmon escaped from the fish farm about six weeks ago.14/08/2013 at 5:31 am #23618
Sounds like a good trip. Was there many big Trout Caught? or mostly Salmon?14/08/2013 at 6:07 am #23619
Very few trout. Mostly salmon weighing between 3 and 5 pounds. The salmon were short and chunky. This 4lb fish looks the same as yours.15/09/2013 at 7:16 am #23665
Fished the canals today, Was very quiet until around 3pm then starting catching fish but had to leave at 3.30 so only managed a couple around 2lb.
15/09/2013 at 10:03 pm #23668
yea it got quiet again after that also stayed till 7pm 1 fish all day put it back was small !16/09/2013 at 4:10 am #23669
Yeah thats the quietest Ive ever seen it up there, It seemed to improve a bit further up at the top of the farm but around the Pukaki junction was dead. The average size of the few fish that I did see caught was much smaller too averaging around only 2lb.
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