Category Archives: Canterbury

Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips: Beginners Guide to Fishing Lake Coleridge

Mark Burgess with a brace of typical salmon from Lake Coleridge. They were taken on spinning gear at the Harper River mouth.

Fishingmag.co.nz editor Allan Burgess with a typical salmon caught spin fishing at Canterbury’s Lake Coleridge. Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips This article is aimed at helping the complete beginner angler who wants to travel to Lake Coleridge for High Country Opening weekend, and hopefully catch a trout or salmon, but has absolutely no idea where More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 8 months ago
View looking north across Lake Henrietta from the Harper Road. Note the scale provided by the car to the right of picture. Photograph Allan Burgess.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, October 27th, 2018
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Lake Henrietta Trout Spinning and Fly Fishing – Canterbury High Country

Lake Henrietta Lake Henrietta comprises two small lakes side by side on the shingle Harper Road just north of Lake Selfe. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides the scenery around Lake Henrietta is grand! More...

The ritual of Opening Weekend at Lake Coleridge. You can just see anglers fishing from the distant shoreline.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 26th, 2018
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Lake Coleridge, Canterbury High Country – Trout and Landlocked Salmon Fishing MAP

Lake Coleridge Map Lake Coleridge Map also showing the smaller lakes that make up the Coleridge group. Map: 1:50,000. Each grid square represents 1 km. Map Sourced from NZTopo50-BW20. Crown Copyright Reserved. Coleridge More...

Johnny Richards with a big sea-run brown trout caught at the Rakaia River mouth.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, October 21st, 2018
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Rakaia River Mouth a Top Spot for Sea-Run Trout Fishing

Home » Destinations S.I. » Canterbury » Page 2 Surf fishing the Rakaia River mouth at first light for kahawai and sea-run brown trout. Rakaia River Mouth Sea-Run Trout Fishing Some years the Rakaia River can More...

Allan with a brace of rainbow trout from Lake Selfe.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Lake Selfe Trout Fishing – High Country Brown and Rainbow Trout

Home » Destinations S.I. » Canterbury » Page 2 Spin fishing is permitted on Lake Selfe and is a leisurely way to while away the hours. Vegetation to the water’s edge can make the fly rod difficult to use More...

This young angler looks pleased with his big brown trout.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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Lake Coleridge Fish & Game High Country Opening Fishing Competition 2011

Lake Coleridge Opening Fishing Contest Climbing out of our warm climate controlled 4×4 truck at Lake Selfe for this year’s Canterbury High Country Opening Weekend was a bit of a shock. It was freezing More...

Our combined morning's catch. Not bad at all considering the horrible rain and wind.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain – Early Morning – Rakaia River Gut

Home » Destinations S.I. » Canterbury » Page 2 Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain with Charles Smith The author with a limit bag from the Rakaia River gut on a wet, windy morning. It was a rainy miserable morning More...

A quad bike returning to South Rakaia Huts. I estimate that it will take at least one hour to walk from South Rakaia Huts along the length of the lagoon to the river mouth itself.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, September 13th, 2018
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Rakaia Lagoon – stretches lake-like for 5km into the distance – trout and salmon fishing

Rakaia Lagoon February 2012 Above a successful angler cleans a salmon at the western end of the Rakaia River Lagoon on 7 February 2012. While behind him the long lagoon stretches lake-like for some 5km into the More...

Morris Clark sits atop his prizes; a brand new Kawasaki 300cc quad bike. Rakaia Salmon Fishing Contest.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, September 13th, 2018
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Rakaia River Salmon Fishing Contest Photographs

Rakaia River Salmon Contests Photographs 2003-2010 Photographs Allan Burgess A second gallery will be posted on this page soon!  More...

This 6 lb rainbow was taken on a small Brown Trout pattern Tasmanian Devil lure fished on light spinning gear. According to Ross Millichamp of North Canterbury Fish and Game it was probably one of the rainbows released into the Groynes from a lake at Isaacs just a few miles away.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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Groynes Small Fishing Lakes – near Christchurch – juniors under 17 years only

This 6 lb rainbow was taken on a small Brown Trout pattern Tasmanian Devil lure fished on light spinning gear. According to Ross Millichamp of North Canterbury Fish and Game, it was probably one of the rainbows More...