|Date of Report: Monday, 22nd January 2018|
|Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702
Northern KZN/SE Mpumalanga:
Horst does not fish during the summer spawning season to protect these fish and only resumes fishing in autumn once the rivers have cleared. In the meantime, he has an ongoing battle with illegal netting which is on the increase and has virtually no support from the authorities whose job it is to police this unlawful behaviour.
It is worth noting that although yellowfishing has ceased for the time being there is good bass and
tilapia in many of the local farm dams.
Although this river is too discoloured below Colenso and probably also below Spioenkop and Woodstock the upper river and tributaries are often fishable throughout summer and clear quite quickly after rain. Carl Freese of Tugela Fishing Company (083 2260810) guides in the area and it is important that anglers be accompanied by a guide if fishing the communal areas in order to facilitate entry to their riparian lands.
We also received a report from Greg Maxwell of a group of so-called anglers who in the Ladysmith Gazette boasted a catch of over 40 yellows from the Tugela although it is suspected that these came from Sterkfontein. This slaughter is totally unwarranted and has been reported to the authorities.
Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg tell us that Midmar Dam is now 80% full and yellows have migrated up the Umgeni system and are also being caught in fair numbers in the Lions River. However, Eskom have fenced off the Cascades area at Midmar which is a very popular fishing area over the festive season and this is sure to cause frustration amongst the many anglers who use this area on a regular basis.
Jan guided two novices on the Bushmans just above where it enters Wagendrift Dam and although the river was discoloured both his clients took good scalies. He also reported that smaller scalies had moved well up the Bushmans on their annual spawning run.
Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) said the Umkomaas River was chocolate colour after rains but was very fishable just 4 days ago.
Mlambonja River (Tugela system) scaly.