FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - S.E. Mpumulanga/KZN

Date of Report: Thursday, 14th December 2017
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Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

Northern KZN/SE Mpumalanga:

Horst Filter reports that although they have had good rains over the last few weeks both the Phongola and Assegai are high and dirty but they are not in flood yet as the November period was very dry. 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.

Midlands:

Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg tell us that Midmar Dam is now 75% full and the cool weather has probably slowed down the migration of yellows to the Cascades area where the Umgeni enters. However, Eskom have fenced off the Cascades area 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 also says that the yellowfishing in the Lions River upstream from Caversham Mill has been surprisingly good of recent, probably because these fish include migrants from Midmar. Also, expect to find trout in this area but kill any bass you catch. The Bushmans and Mooi below the trout zones are high but given a dry spell will still be fishable as the rains in the Midlands have not been excessive.

Southern KZN:

Last time I phoned Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) he said the Umkomaas River was high and very discoloured and unless we have an extended dry period may remain unfishable until autumn. Probably the same applies to the lower Umzimkulu which is fished by the South Coast Fly Rodders Club when the river is clear.

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A scaley taken from the Lions River.