brown and rainbow trout in very good numbers and some of which
reach very impressive sizes. In the canal between Tekapo
and Pukaki there are also some salmon that have escaped from
the fish-farms and now provide a target for anglers.
||As part of the hydroelectric
power production, Lakes
Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau
have been joined by a series of large canals. These run for
many kilometers, often in a straight line.
map with topography
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
canals could not be described as beautiful water to fish as
they run in straight lines across the countryside, they are
in some of New Zealand's most outstanding scenery. They also
provide some exceptional fishing were extra-ordinarily large
trout and some salmon can be targeted. The canals do not have
the natural features you would expect in a river however and
so the fishing is more akin to still water fishing. As well
the water often carries some galcial silt that makes spotting
fish difficult at best.
At times though there can be spectacular
rises across large sections of the canals which can make for
very exciting fishing as these are often fish over 20lbs.
Most times it is necessary to fish blind using either a streamer
fly or a deeply sunk nymph. Spinning is also a good option
as the canals also hold a good population of small white bait
that make up a good part of the trout's diet. Bait fishing
is also an option.
There is easy access to large
stretches of the canals as the roads follow the canal banks for many
kilometres. In fact it is possible to stop almost anywhere
and cast a line with a reasonable hope of success.
||The canals are suitable for
all fishing methods, especially spinning.
||Rods capable of casting a weight
six or higher line when flyfishing. It is best to use a floating
or a slow sinking line on these canals. Rods capable of casting
a 7 to 10 g lure when spinning. Use leaders of at least 8lbs
and preferably higher as these are large fish.
flies: Well-dressed large bushy flies such as a Humpy
are best. Try also large Deer
Hair Sedge in summer or even a cicada
when they can be heard chirping in the late summer.
nymphs in sizes 10 to 14 such as very roughly tied Hare
and Copper, Pheasant
Tail and Halfback
Streamer flies such as a Parsons
and Jack Spratts
and gold Toby's, Rapalas
and Cobras fished
McKenzie hydro canals:
- Pukaki–Ohau hydro canal
- Ohau Canal from State Highway 8 to Ohau C power station
South Island regulations
||Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Until 30 Sept 2014:
2 trout, 2 salmon
From 1 Oct 2015:
4 sports fish of which no more than 2 can be trout
No person shall in any one day take or be in possession of
more than two salmon greater than 500mm taken from any of the McKenzie hydro canals.
|Size limit (cm)
Trout: No limit
Minimum 300 mm.