Category Archives: Low-land Lakes

Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth are Canterbury low-land lakes each only about 2 meters above sea level. Both are cut-off from the sea by shingle banks thrown up by wave action in the Canterbury Bight. Without natural outlets to the sea these lakes spread out across farm land over time. Every few years they are opened to the sea with bulldozers in order to mitigate flooding. These lakes contain brown trout, eels, flounder, mullet, smelt and several species of course fish including rudd, tench and carp. The rivers and streams flowing into Lake Ellesmere contain big brown trout. The flounder species found in Lake Ellesmere are black flounder, yellowbelly flounder, and sand flounder. There are also small quantities of greenback flounder.

Trout Recipe – Almond Trout – Fly Fishing A Tributary of Lake Ellesmere

Trout Recipe – Almond Trout – Fly Fishing A Lake Ellesmere Tributary. Featured image.

Trout Recipe – Almond Trout with an Orange, Honey and Ginger Sauce – Cooking Your Catch in the Wok by Keith Chin Weighing 13 lbs 14 ounces. I had the big fish from a Lake Ellesmere tributary mounted. Through working late I had to rely on Neil Bond for that early morning drive down to the Rangi just as the sun was rising, with the hope of More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 1 year ago
Carey Prior with his second only trout caught on a fly - a woppa 6kg (13lbs).
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 1st, 2015

Ellesmere, Lake – Night Fishing Lake Ellesmere River Tributaries

Night Fishing the Rivers Flowing into Canterbury’s Lake Ellesmere with Keith Chin For me night fishing has a charm of its own, especially after a bright and hot day is replaced with the coolness More...

View of the cutting to allow the level of Lake Forsyth to drain into the sea. Picture taken from the baches at Birdlings Flat after three bulldozers had done their job. The cutting only remains open for a few days depending on sea conditions. During this time fresh searun trout enter the lake.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lake Forsyth, Canterbury low land lake 50 kms from Christchurch

Lake Forsyth Contains brown trout and perch Situated about an hour’s drive from central Christchurch, Lake Forsyth/ Wairewa has the advantage of being fishable when most other low land Canterbury waters are More...

Mark Ho with a big sea-run brown trout from the Selwyn River.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, January 19th, 2015

Selwyn River Brown Trout Fishing – popular also for night fishing

William Henry Spackman wrote the first angling book to be both written and published in New Zealand. It was called Trout Fishing in New Zealand: Where to Go and How to Catch Them, published in 1892. Spackman was More...

Lower Selwyn Huts
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Lower Selwyn River – Lake Ellesmere Trout Fishing

The mouth of the Selwyn where it enters Lake Ellesmere. Lower Selwyn River – Lake Ellesmere – Trout Fishing Nowadays the Selwyn River, where it enters Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), doesn’t look More...