Date of Report: Wednesday, 9th June 2021
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Name: Brondwyn Douglas (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

Unfortunately, Brondwyn Douglas, the secretary of the Cape Piscatorial Society is due to resign at the end of the month, so the CPS is urgently looking for someone to take over her job which includes manning the office in town.

Regarding the fishing the stream season which has been an exceptionally productive one has now closed and will reopen on September 1. The good news is that the popular Smalblaar system is holding a good head of fish after the excellent rains of last winter and the earlier than usual arrival of autumn rain in March. In fact, all the rivers in the Western Cape are flowing well so the 2021/22 season could match the last one.

Lakenvlei Dam near Ceres is relatively full at about 80% which is promising but the fishing has been slow, and it is believed that this will pick up again when restocking with 20cm rainbows which is scheduled for later this month has taken place.

In the meantime, a good and attractive alternative to consider is La Ferme near Franschoek. This destination has 4 dams 3 of which are stocked in autumn and winter with reasonable sized rainbows. Two stockings have already been done and a third will take place shortly. Also of interest is that there is about 450 metres of the Wemmer flowing through the property. This river was renowned for its rainbow and browns prior to the building of the dam upstream of La Ferme over 50 years ago and it is interesting to note that there are still trout to be found in this section of the river so when conditions are a favourable it is certainly worth giving the river a try.


Bookings can be made by contacting the secretary:

  • The new WhatsApp number: 081 826 0835
  • Or by calling the landline number: 021 424 7725  

Bookings will only be taken during office hours: Monday to Friday 9am-3pm.
No bookings will be taken over the weekend.
Members are kindly reminded:

  • To insist on confirmation when booking a beat.
  • To have the relevant documentation with you to present to Cape Nature officials
  • To familiarise yourself with where you’re going before heading out
  • Masks and social distancing are still obligatory.


One of the dams at La Ferme