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Lake Aviemore Fishing Waters

Lake Aviemore holds goods stocks of both brown and rainbow trout.


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Fish type Brown and rainbow trout

Lake Aviemore was formed from the upper reaches of the Waitaki River by a hydro-electric power dam. It is 15km long and is  located inland along SH83 between Aviemore and Otematata. The north-west and south-west winds that blow up and down the Waitaki Valley can be a problem.


Access map
Access map with topography

LINZ topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260 series)

Check conditions

Water level

View a graph of the current Lake Aviemore water level at the Meridian Energy website.

Weather forecast

For an up-to-date weather forecast:

Waitaki lakes pamphlet The Waitaki Lakes Recreational Information pamphlet, available at the Environment Canterbury website, includes sections on the lakes, safe boat navigation, camping, hydro power station statistics, wildlife and plants, local walks, and important contact information.

Spinning and trolling from a boat are most productive, though there are some good fly fishing spots as well.

Good spots include:

  • along the shallow shoreline adjacent to SH83 for fly fishing
  • the Otematata River mouth and its lower reaches
  • some of the small stream mouths where cruising fish can be spotted
  • at night, the deep water above the Aviemore Dam and at the mouth of Deep Stream, for shore or boat fishing
Fish numbers and size Lake Aviemore holds good stocks of brown and rainbow trout averaging 0.75-1.5kg.

Boat launching:

You can launch a boat at:
- Otematata on the southern shore
- Waitangi Station on the northern shore

Road access:

Roads encircle Lake Aviemore. SH83 runs along the southern side of the lake between Aviemore and Otematata.

See the access map.

Recommended lures

Use small lightly-weighted nymphs, dry or wet flies.

Nymphs: Hare and Copper, Halfback, Pheasant Tail

Dry flies: Coch-y-Bondhu, Royal Wulff, Adams, Green Beetle

Streamers: At night use a black lure such as Hairy Dog, Black Phantom, Mrs Simpson, Fuzzy Wuzzy

Spinners: Black Toby, Flatfish


Tributaries to Lake Aviemore include:
- Deep Stream
- Stony Stream
- Sutton Stream
- Otematata River

Regulations (1):
Applicable to Lake Aviemore
Region Central South Island regulations >>>
Season All year
Methods Artificial fly, spinner, bait
Bag limit Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Size limit (cm) Trout: No limit
Salmon: 300 mm minimum
Regulations (2):
Applicable to Lake Aviemore tributaries except Deep Stream and Otematata River
Region Central South Island regulations >>>

First Saturday in November to 30 April

No fishing for sockeye salmon 1 March - 30 April


Artificial fly, spinner, bait.

Bag limit Trout: 4
Salmon: 2
Size limit (cm) Trout: No limit
Salmon: 300 mm minimum




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