Bulshoek Dam is the home to many smallmouth and largemouth bass, so not really a fly fishing location, but still great if you’re into mixing things up a little.
The bulshoek dam is narrow, and sometimes a problem for anglers when jetskiers are racing up and down, but this can be overcome by moving further up the dam, which runs for 10km’s, situated alongside the N7. Bulshoek is about 20 kilometers or so past Clanwilliam, so it’s about 2 and a half hours drive into a beautiful lush greenland.
Boats are permitted on the dam and there’s a slipway you can use for a small fee, please note that skippers license and such will be required. There are some nice accommodation spots in the area too if you want to go for more than just a day – Look for Rondeberg Resort and Bulshoek Dam Resort.
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Cost: Most of the dam is surrounded by private property, so it’s ideal to book accommodation
Fish: Large and smallmouth bass, and carp
Tackle: Spinners, Lures, etc.
Catch and Release: No
Other: Canoe’s can be rented for fishing at R50 per day
Contacts: Rondeberg Resort: 027 482 1487 (Kobus) or Bulshoek Resort: 027 482 2635 (Hilda)
University of Cape Town (UCT) Dam is well known for having a lot of societies that involve the students and one society is the Fishing Society. The Fishing Society often makes use of the UCT dam, which is said to be stoked with trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as tilapia and carp – although, it was said that the dam had not been stoked in a while.
The location is ideal for anyone living in and around Cape Town as the dam is right on UCT’s premises, there is ample parking and the walk from the parking to the dam is a about 70 meters away. To make use of the dam, you need a license, which can be bought upstairs in the Sports Center – there are two options: a one day pass or a yearly pass. During the months of Feb to May, you’re allowed to use a spinner, however, outside those months it’s strictly fly-fishing only.
Several visits to the dam resulted in no luck despite seeing a number of large fish, probably bass, swimming through the waters. The dam offers a number of spots, from more open areas to areas with trees and bushes lying in the water, which is normally great for bass. Fly fishing is tricky as there is a fence around the perimeter, but it’s not impossible.
How to get there:
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Cost: R20 per day
Fish: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Tilipia, Rainbow Trout and Carp
Tackle: Spinning Feb – May, otherwise Fly Only
Catch and Release: Yes