and rainbow trout in good numbers averaging around 1 1/2 to
||Lake Camp is situated on a high
sparsely vegetated valley surrounded by high hills and mountains
at the headwaters of the Ashburton river.
lakes access map
lakes access map with topography
Lake Camp is also shown on the:
Clearwater access map
Clearwater topographic map
topographic maps: 1:50,000 (260
Lake Camp is a very cold
water lake that is exposed to the strong northwesterly wind
that blow uninterrupted from the Southern Alps. Approximately
1 1/2 kilometres long and and a half a kilometre wide, the
lake can easily be accessed on foot and indeed the angler
will often have to seek out areas of shelter around the shoreline
during inclement weather. There are small stands of trees
dotted around the shoreline to provide some protection from
As this is the only Lake that is open to powerboats, anglers
often have to compete with other water sport users including
water skiers. It is therefore preferable to fish early in
the morning or in the evenings.
||Access to the lake is easy as
the road leading to Lake Clearwater skirts the eastern shoreline.
Almost the entire length of the lake as easily accessible by
||Both spinning and flyfishing
are permitted (but although this is the only of the Ashburton
Lakes open to power boating, fishing from a boat is prohibited)
||When the wind is strong, spinning
is an obvious choice when fishing. Those dedicated to flyfishing
however will need to use heavier tackle (line weights six or
above). During those times of still clear weather however, much
lighter lines are required and as the cruising trout are easily
spooked in the clear light, false casting over the water should
be avoided wherever possible.
Fly and Humpys
during the day and Twilight Beauty and other darker flies
in the evening.
dark flies such as Halfbacks,
Tail and Hare
and Coppers in sizes 14 to 16
Streamer flies that imitates small bully fish such as Mrs
Simpson or Hamill's
Killer during the day and small wet flies such as a Greenwells
Glory or Invicta
during the evening rise on warm evenings.
Remember the brown trout preferred subdued colours of rainbow's
get excited by brighter colours such as red.
South Island regulations
||First Saturday in November
to 31 May
||Artificial fly, spinner (Fishing
from boats is prohibited)
|Size limit (cm)