Canterbury Lakes

Most of the fishing lakes in the North Canterbury Fish and Game region are located in the high country at least 90 minutes drive west of the coast. The notable exceptions are Lakes Ellesmere and Forsythe on the southern side of Banks Peninsula. The high country lakes all contain good populations of rainbow and brown trout. Lake Heron, Lake Coleridge and Lake Sumner also contain large numbers of resident King (Chinook) salmon, which although not large, provide anglers with great sport fishing.

Further to the south, in the Central South Island Fish & Game Region, are the picturesque hydro fishing lakes: Tekapo, Alexandrina, Pukaki, Ohau, Ruataniwha, Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki.

Maori Lakes in the Central South Island Fish & Game Region

Maori Lakes in the Central South Island Fish & Game Region

Maori Lakes - O Tu Wharekai The Maori Lakes are a challenge for any trout angler. These lakes are shallow…

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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…

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Lake Fishing Strategies

Lake Fishing Strategies - How to Catch Trout in Lakes By Peter Langlands In this article I will discuss some…

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High Country Lake Fishing in Canterbury

High Country Lake Fishing in Canterbury By Peter Langlands When fishing lakes you don't have to worry about floods, strong…

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High Country Open Weekend 2022

High Country Open Weekend 2022 - Stunning Weather Greets Canterbury High Country Anglers for Coleridge Fishing Competition Beautiful weather greeted…

10/11/2022

Lake Emily – Ashburton Lakes, Canterbury high country trout fishing

Lake Emily Brook Trout Fishing Contains Fontinalis (Brook Trout or Char) Turn right off the Hakatere Heron Road 2 km…

02/10/2022

Lake Marymere Trout Fishing

Lake Marymere Trout Fishing By Peter Langlands Lake Marymere is the only water in New Zealand to support a recognisable…

02/06/2022

Lake Pearson – Easy access from the nearby highway

Lake Pearson, Canterbury High Country Trout Fishing Lake Pearson is one of the upper Waimakariri River lakes. It is situated…

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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…

18/02/2022

Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips: Beginners Guide to Fishing Lake Coleridge

Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips This article is aimed at helping the complete beginner angler who wants to travel to Lake…

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