Lake Denny is one of the Ashburton Lakes in the Canterbury high country

Lake Denny

Lake Denny is a small secluded trout fishing lake set in tussock country. It seems very small in size compared with its much larger neighbor Lake Emma. Lake Denny see very little angler attention. There is a rough 4×4 access track leading up the valley from Lake Emma. Turn off the Hakatere Potts Road 5km west from Hakatere Corner then head south past Lake Roundabout, following the eastern shoreline of Lake Emma, and from there follow the track up the valley.

Lake Denny is quite small measuring just 300 x 200 metres. The lake holds brown trout up to about 1.5kg. Lake Emma and Lake Roundabout lie within the new Hakatere Conservation Park, but Lake Denny is outside the park on Hakatere Station. Therefore anglers should first get permission from Hakatere Station before traveling to Lake Denny.

Recommended dry flies include; Coch-y-Bondhu, Loves Lure and Black Gnat. When fishing a sunken line try a Hamills Killer, Mrs Simpson or a small Yellow Rabbit lure. The bag limit for Lake Denny is 2 fish per day. This is fly fishing only water. The fishing season runs from the first Saturday in November to 30 April. There is no winter season for the Ashburton Lakes many of which freeze over during the coldest part of the year.

Lake Denny, Ashburton Lakes. Map Sourced from LINZ. Crown Copyright Reserved.

This post was last modified on 22/05/2018 10:19 pm

Share
Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Yellowtail – King of Broken Water – Milford Sound, Fiordland

Yellowtail - King of Broken Water by Dick Marquand The yellowtail kingfish, or kingi as it is known in New…

25/11/2020

How to Catch Snapper – Location, Bait, Presentation, Rigs, Tackle

How to Catch Snapper by Andrew Padlie Catching snapper would have to be every Kiwi’s favourite pastime. If you say…

23/11/2020

Whitebaiters Never Lie – Exploring an iconic Kiwi culture – Peters & Hedwig

Whitebaiters Never Lie - Exploring an iconic Kiwi culture by Anita Peters and Murray Hedwig - Forward by Keri Hulme…

14/11/2020

Kaiapoi Fishing – Fifty Years of Memories Around Kaiapoi and Christchurch

Looking Back - Kaiapoi Fishing by Allan Speak My introduction to fishing came from my father many years ago. We…

06/11/2020

Marlin Hunting – The Quest for a Beakie – Game Fishing NZ

Marlin Hunting - The Quest for a Beakie By Dick Marquand I read with great interest Chappie Chapman's excellent article…

05/11/2020

Taxidermy Fish – Mounting the Whopper – Preparation Matters

Taxidermy Fish with Monty Wright Photo (1) Denis Brundell’s 16.5lb (7.5kg) brown trout. Each time we head out fishing we…

03/11/2020

All Rights Reserved © fishingmag.co.nz 1999 - 2020

Read More