FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 10th February 2021
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Thrift is still below 30% now and is crystal clear. Martin is not promoting the fishing currently as with low water levels and hot weather there has been some mortality with released fish. He has not restocked yet and is holding a large number of fingerlings at his hatchery in the hope that late summer rains will lift the water levels and with cooler weather will result in conditions more favourable for stocking.

At Redcliffe on the other side of the Winterberg the water levels are better with Ventnor and Delton down about a metre. Apparently there has been no fishing at Redcliffe during the last month.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) says that all their club dams are either full or overflowing. This includes the big Pine Grove Dam where the wall was heightened thus expanding the surface area considerably. They have been most fortunate with the rains whereas further south in the Tarkastad and Winterberg area it is very dry.

The club restocked a number of their club managed dams 2 months ago with about 20 000 rainbow and 4 000 brown fingerlings.

All their waters were closed in mid January and will reopen on March 1. With full dams the club should be able to book at least 50 rods for their annual Gathering festival which is to be held from 8 to 10 July.

The club is investigating the possibility of stocking several more dams in the Molteno area as to date they have only one club managed dam in this district.

The link for the club website is www.qffc.co.za

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that although the district is still dry Mountain Dam is still at 80% and the Waterfall area on the Naude’s River is fishing well. In addition, a freak rainstorm delivered 100ml to the catchment of the Buffelshoek dams which filled them immediately but unfortunately did not benefit the Little Fish which is very low. These dams and Moutain Dam will be restocked in the next week.

Fishing the Karreebosch Dam which is standing at about 30% yielded rainbows up to 55cm which is amazing growth as these are from large fingerlings stocked 11 months ago.

In the hot weather the main focus is on bass fishing, especially in Groot Dam, and also barbel fishing which give very good spot in local waters.

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A rainbow taken from the Buffelshoek dams several years ago.