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The great results of a successful evening fishing on Lake Coleridge.
Hauling a boat onto a trailer at the head of Lake Coleridge on Opening Day.
Kelvin Derry with a Lake Coleridge Monster. It is an 11.2 pound rainbow jack fish taken while trolling with a blue Rapala. It was caught at 6.05am on January 2009. Photograph courtesy of Kelvin Derry
Fishing club's marque at the Harper River Diversion, Lake Coleridge Opening Day 2012.
Two combined Lake Coleridge Opening Day limit bags of land-locked salmon.
Launching near the Boat Harbour. Although there are many anglers fishing from boats on Opening Weekend, there would be many more anglers spin fishing from shore. The wind can fair howl down the lake. Boaties should be prepared to fish from shore as sometimes the lake conditions are too dangerous for boating.more
Four land-locked salmon from Lake Coleridge in the Canterbury high country.
Land-locked salmon from Canterbury's Lake Coleridge. These land-locked fish are bright silver in colour with a blue tinge on their backs. This is a typical colouration of schooling land-locked salmon. They are very good to eat though clearly the aquatic food supply available to these fish in Lake Coleridge is no where near as good as that available to salmon in a marine environment.more
Landlocked salmon caught from Lake Coleridge on a black ticer.
The late night combined with an early morning start has got the better of these Opening Day anglers near the Picket Fence, Lake Coleridge.
You certainly don't need a boat to fish successfully at Lake Coleridge. These anglers are spin fishing at the Picket Fence at the head of the lake on the western side. Generally the best spinning lures are those that sink reasonably quickly such as ticers in black and green or yellow strips weighing up to 20g, or Tassie Devils and Tillins Cobras in green and gold colours. It is important to cast out then wait up to 30 seconds for your lure to sink down before you start slow winding. If you cast straight out then start winding flat-out as soon as your lure hits the water you will be very lucky to catch a fish. The deep diving Dual Depth 20g Tasmanian Devils are the best lures to try. These dive down to over 3m and the extra weight is good for casting distance as well. more
View from Ryton Bay looking back up the valley as contestants gather before the prizegiving gets underway. Saturday 7 November 2009.
A picket fence line of anglers fishing at Ryton Bay. From this position spin anglers gain the advantage of a tail wind when casting!
A number of new baches have been built at the Harper end of Lake Coleridge in recent years.
Lake trolling is popular and effective where there are populations of land-locked salmon present. They seem to hit lures quite readily. Pictured: Trolling on Lake Coleridge.
Cannon downrigger and Mercury Outboard at lake Coleridge.
Landlocked salmon caught by Allan Burgess in Lake Coleridge. The two fish pictured at the top are the typical size of landlocked salmon from this lake. The bottom fish is clearly much larger. Unfortunately I can't now remember its weight. more
With no beach at the Picket Fence you had to stand in the water to fish!
A good size Lake Coleridge landlocked Quinnat salmon taken on a wet Opening Weekend.
The author with a landlocked salmon from Lake Coleridge taken trolling with the aid of a downrigger.
A Fish & Game ranger weighs a contestant's salmon for the annual fishing competition.
Fishing at the mouth of the Harper River.
Fish & Game regularly release Quinnat salmon into Lake Coleridge as salmon do not breed in the lake. Here a ranger weighs one of the many salmon caught on Opening Day 2012, Ryton Bay. Photograph Allan Burgess.more

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