good stock of rainbow trout averaging around 1 to 2 kg are present
in the Lake. Some fish over 3.5 kg are also present
||Lake Daniells lies to the east
of Springs Junction and its feeder streams drain the easterly
side of the Spenser Mountain Range. Its outlet feeds into the
Alfred River which in turn feeds into the Maruia River.
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Lake Daniells is a small
attractive lake surrounded by bushland. The western shoreline
is generally very steep and bounded by overhanging bush making
access almost impossible. The eastern shoreline is usually
wadeable though during times of wet weather when the lake
is higher than normal, it becomes quite difficult.
Most fishing is done by casting out to cruising fish along
the drop-off. The best times to fish this lake are after periods
of dry weather when the water is clear and the fish can be
easily spotted cruising the lakes each. A highly scenic fishery
that is well worth visiting.
||There is an access sign for
the track leading to Lake Daniells on State Highway seven approximately
5 km south of Springs Junction. A well-defined track that requires
approximately 2 hours of easy walking leads to the southern
end of the lake. There is a hut that sleeps 40 at the lake as
well. Tickets to stay at the hut are available from DoC.
||All methods are permissible
on the lake and fish or readily take nymphs, streamers and spinners
throughout the season and there being excellent dry fly fishing
during the warmer months.
||fly rods capable of casting
weight 5 to 7 lines with reasonably long leaders (12 foot plus)
are best. Spin rods that can cast 5 to 10 g lures. And make
sure you have Polaroid glasses and plenty of powerful insect
and Blue Dun
patterns, Green Caddis.
Bully patterns such as Mrs
Killer and Woolly
dark patterns such as green rapalas,
green and black veltics
and zebra toby
||The nearby Alfred River is always
||1 Oct-30 Apr
|| Artificial fly and spinner.
Down riggers are permitted.
|Size limit (cm)
||No size limit