A WCO was granted in 1990
to preserve its wetlands and fish, and recognise it as a habitat
for wildlife, and of significance to Maori. A 2010 report
identified Lake Ellesmere as the country's second most polluted
lake, but restorative programs are underway.
To read the full legislation document for the WCO applied
to this waterway click
run trout, salmon
Lake Ellesmere is just south
of Christchurch city on SH75, tucked to the west of, and sheltered
by, Banks Peninsula. It is separated from the sea by the extensive
(Te Waihora) is a large shallow lake (the fourth largest in
New Zealand at 20,000 hectares) recognised as a valuable wildlife
resource with abundant native bird life. However the
fishery experienced a huge decline in trout numbers, due in
part to the ongoing effects of the damaged reed beds in the
1968 Wahine storm, from more than 14,000 trout at that time
to just 89 in 2004.
The tributaries of Ellesmere fish better
than the lake itself and good fishing for sea run trout can
occur at Taumutu when the lake is open to the sea.
The lake is a busy place for all kinds
of water sports from sailing to jet skiing, so don’t
expect tranquil angling here.
to the lake and its south-western tributaries is from Lincoln,
then south towards Leeston. Take the access track which leads
off Gullivers Road and out into the beach.
The Akaroa Highway takes you to the north-eastern
Bait fishing for trout is permitted
as well as fly fishing and spinning. Worms, freshwater shrimp
or live cockabullies work well.
Fish on floating or slow-sinking lines.
Spinning rods capable of casting a 7 -
10 gram weight lure.
Worms, freshwater shrimp or live cockabullies (for trout only)