Lake Coleridge Fishing Competition
- North Canterbury
Glenn Pratley with his brown trout from Lake Georgina.
The Lake Coleridge Fishing Competition is back on for 2023!
When and Where
Saturday 4th November 2023
Weigh-ins from 9 am – 1:30 pm
Prizegiving to follow from 2 pm
This year the competition is being held in the Harper Campground at the top of Lake Coleridge (directions below). Just look out for the big blue Fish & Game tent!
We’ll be there for weigh-ins between 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. We’ll also have a FREE SAUSAGE SIZZLE going at the tent from 9am till we’re finished (or run out of sausages!).
How to enter
The Lloyd sisters, Hannah (left), Charlotte (middle) and Lucy (right) from Rangiora with catch from Lake Coleridge.
No pre-registration is required; just turn up at the weigh-in station at the Fish & Game tent by 1:30 p.m. to weigh in your fish!
Note: You MUST be in line by 1.30 p.m. Anyone arriving after 1.30 pm will not be able to weigh in their fish. One of our Rangers will jump in the line to mark the cut-off!
If you don’t have any luck or don’t weigh in a fish, you can still present your licence at the tent any time before 1:30 pm to go into the draw to win some great SPOT PRIZES (adults and junior categories).
Once again the Lake Coleridge competition is proudly sponsored by your local Hunting & Fishing stores (Christchurch, North Canterbury and Ashburton).
They’ve given us some great prizes that are up for grabs from Daiwa, Coleman, Kovea, BaitJunkie, Gunn & Moore, and more!
There are adults and junior categories, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd heaviest rainbow trout, brown trout and chinook salmon for each category caught out of Lake Coleridge and the surrounding lakes.
If you don’t have a boat, the smaller lakes are a great alternative!
Adults: 1st, 2nd and 3rd heaviest - rainbow trout, brown trout, chinook salmon
Juniors: 1st, 2nd and 3rd heaviest - rainbow trout, brown trout, chinook salmon
Adult spot prize draw
Junior spot prize draw
How to get there
The Harper Campground is at the top of Lake Coleridge – turn left after crossing the diversion race bridge at Harper Village and follow the road; the camp site is on the left.
The Harper campsite is free, but there will be limited space.
Some of the stations in the area may have accommodation available.
No camping is allowed around the smaller lakes.
NO FIREWORKS permitted anywhere in the High Country!
For more information on accommodation in the Selwyn region check out: https://selwyn.nz/stay/
Where to fish
Any of the lakes surrounding and including Lake Coleridge, there are boat launching areas at Ryton Bay and at where the Wilberforce Diversion enters Lake Coleridge.
There is very limited cellphone coverage in the Lake Coleridge area, so please be prepared.
There is some cellphone reception around the Harper Village area.
Fish & Game will have coverage maps for Spark and One NZ at the tent, and will also have emergency communications with them.
A VALID SPORTS FISHING LICENCE IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THE COMPETITION OR SPOT PRIZE DRAW.
RANGERS WILL BE IN THE AREA CHECKING LICENCES THROUGHOUT THE COMPETITION.