Published On: Sat, Oct 27th, 2018

Lake Henrietta Trout Spinning and Fly Fishing – Canterbury High Country

Lake Henrietta on New Zealand map.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! When the nor’wester blows be prepared to hold on tight to your hat and endure dust blown from the road having been stirred up by passing cars. There is a 4×4 track leading down from the road so you can fish without the need for a long walk.

This small water is one of the least fished in the area with the great majority of anglers driving past it. Some of whom would perhaps unkindly refer to it as little more than a “large puddle!” However, it is certainly worth a try if you can afford the time and are prepared to make the effort.

Although surrounded by a fair bit of swampy ground there are also good solid areas from which to cast. With little cover for the angler, a silent and sneaky approach is called for. It is best not to stomp up to the lake edge if you can avoid it. Don’t forget the old angler’s advice to always fish your feet first! Lake Henrietta is quite shallow but nonetheless, it contains both brown and rainbow trout; some of the latter can get surprisingly big for such a small lake. They also tend to jump clear of the surface when hooked adding to the excitement.

Fly and spin fishing are permitted. If spinning try a Mepps Black Fury, or a small black and gold Glimmy, or similar coloured zed spinner. A green Tasmanian Devil is also worth a go.

On the fly rod the Hamills Killer would be the first lure to try. When the weather warms up green and brown beetles along with cicada patterns are a good option.

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.

View looking north across Lake Henrietta from the Harper Road. Note the scale provided by the car to the right of the picture. Photograph Allan Burgess.

The daily limit for Lake Henrietta is 2 trout. You are also permitted to fish from a boat in Lake Henrietta that is not being propelled by a motor. Which means you can fish from a kayak or dinghy which would greatly improve access. If you do choose to fish from a boat please stay well away from other anglers fishing from shore. These lakes are stocked by Fish and Game so the taking of trout from such a small water will not affect the fishery greatly. Open Season is from the first Saturday in November to 30 April. There is no winter season for Lake Henrietta.

Lake Selfe and the smaller Lake Everlyn on the Harper Road. Lake Selfe in relation to Lake Coleridge on the map. Map: 1:50,000. Each grid square represents 1 km. Map Sourced from NZTopo50-BW20. Crown Copyright Reserved.

Lake Selfe and the smaller Lake Everlyn on the Harper Road. Lake Selfe in relation to Lake Coleridge on the map. Map: 1:50,000. Each grid square represents 1 km. Map Sourced from NZTopo50-BW20. Crown Copyright Reserved.

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