Canterbury 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.

Lake Forsyth, Canterbury low land lake 50 kms from Christchurch

Lake Forsyth, Canterbury low land lake 50 kms from Christchurch

Te Roto o Wairewa/Lake Forsyth Contains brown trout and redfin perch Lake Forsyth has been plagued by periodic toxic algal…


Night Time Lurking – Fishing Lake Ellesmere and its Tributaries

Night Time Lurking - Fishing Lake Ellesmere and its Tributaries; Harts, Irwell, Halswell, Selwyn and the LII  Night Time Lurking…


Night Fishing with Lures – Hart’s Creek, L2, Halswell and Selwyn Rivers

Night Fishing with Lures - "Old School" - Fewer and fewer anglers lip-hook a live bully and flop its fat…


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

Trout Recipe - Almond Trout with an Orange, Honey and Ginger Sauce - A Lake Ellesmere Tributary After Dark Cooking…


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…


Selwyn River Brown Trout Fishing – popular also for night fishing

By Allan Burgess Selwyn River Brown Trout Fishing I have been told many stories by older anglers of the countless…


Lower Selwyn River – Lake Ellesmere Brown Trout Fishing

Lower Selwyn River - Lake Ellesmere - Brown Trout Fishing Nowadays the Selwyn River, where it enters Lake Ellesmere (Te…