Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Thursday, 5th January 2023
Name: Andre Burger
Email: pafly@netactive.co.za
Web: http://www.presentafly.com
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State.

The trout area around Clarens is very wet with rain almost every day. The Klein Caledon is high and dirty and for the most part unfishable. Although there are several trout dams in the Clarens area and at Fouriesburg which have been stocked water temperatures are often too high for productive fishing in Jan/Feb. Sadly, Gareth Rreid who was managing Mavungana’s waters which included the Ash River fishery passed away last month so these waters are closed until a replacement is found.

Most of the focus is on yellowfishing at Sterkfontein Dam. It is pleasing to see that the anti-poaching unit set up by private enterprise is functioning well and appears to have put a stop to the illegal netting of spawning fish. This unit will also be responsible for protecting all wildlife in the protected area which surrounds the dam.

Lesotho report.

This has been a bumper year for the Makhangoa Community Camp. There has been a major migration of yellows up the Bokong River from Katse Dam. The river is running very strongly but is clear and as usual carries a good head of trout as well although the trout fishing comes into its own in autumn. In addition, the Katse Dam which is over 100% full has pushed right back up the Bokong to the camp thus making access to the productive inlet much more accessible.

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The Bokong River.