Fishing at Wits End Dam

The 10 acre dam which is stocked with indigenous Natal Yellowfish (Barbus natalensis) and Large Mouth Bass.

In conjunction with Ezemvelo wildlife authorities, our dam was stocked 10 years ago with a breeding stock of the indigenous Natal Yellowfish. These fish offer excellent fly fishing and recent catches indicate that they are breeding well, both juvenile and adult fish having been caught. In the summer months, they migrate upstream to spawn and lay their eggs in the gravel beds at the entrance to our dam.

A mixed blessing for our dam is that somehow Large Mouth Bass have arrived, either migrating down from a dam higher up the river or perhaps the eggs were introduced by waterfowl, but in any event they offer new angling opportunities, and so far have been successfully co-habituating with the Yellowfish.

During the summer months some sizable Bass have been caught the largest so far weighing 3.5 kilogram. Numerous smaller specimens and some smaller Yellowfish are also caught on plastic worms and lures.

Fishing at Wits End is for our guests only and is free of charge but we encourage “responsible fishing”and request that all Yellowfish be returned to the water unharmed. Bass however, regardless of size, may be kept.

As the dam is not heavily fished we have had some great catches recorded.

 

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