Flyfishing report: Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Thursday, 15th February 2024
Name: Vikki Geldenhuys (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

Smalblaar system.

As expected, bookings have dropped off as the Smalblaar/Molenaars which is the main stem and the Elandspad tributary are too low and the water temperatures too high for good fishing. There is also a problem with excessive algal growth in the main stem


Very low at present with virtually no bookings over the last month.

The Witte  

This attractive brown trout stream which is accessed from Bains Kloof has not really recovered from the drought and heat wave a few years ago. Members who visited it in December stated that they had seen no fish.

Lakenvlei Dam.

The water level is currently at 95% which is the highest it has been at mid-summer for many years. Although the dam has been well stocked with both rainbows and browns the Ceres valley becomes very hot in summer, so trout fishing has come to an end temporarily but plenty of bass have been caught and killed. Apparently, the committee are considering organising a bass competition to try and reduce the population.

Expect bookings for the club hut to pick up in April/May as the water cools down. In the meantime it is disappointing to hear that the Water Bailiff, Mathew Holden, who was always very helpful has resigned and will be emigrating to the UK.


The Elandspad– photo courtesy of Myburgh van Zijl.