|Date of Report: Thursday, 8th August 2019|
|Name: Louis de Jager (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
The rivers are now closed until Sept 1, but most of the beats have been booked for opening day already. As good rains have fallen in the Western Cape it is quite possible that rivers will be flowing strongly on Sept 1.
Lakenvlei, the CPS’s most important stillwater which is near Ceres has been restocked with 5500 x 20cm triploids. These little fish are proving quite bothersome to flyfishers trying to target the larger fish, some of which are in the 50 to 60cm class. The fishing has actually been quite good in Lakenvlei, but most of the better fish have been caught well down. However, now that the dam has reached about 70% with the weedbeds covered, and with it still filling one can expect the trout to move into the shallower water closer to the shoreline. The water is actually crystal clear.
Closer to home La Ferme near Franshoek also provides winter fishing in their well- stocked four ponds and this venue is recommended for the elderly and infirm. It is also suitable for wheelchair anglers, some who are very keen flyfishers.
One of the rainbows taken by the Boland FFA youngsters at Lakenvlei last month