Dear YWG member,

Here is the news for the month of April


World Fish Migration Day

This will be on 21 April and for those who wish to attend the event at the KNP’s headquarters at Skukuza please click here.

News from the Mid Vaal area.

The YWG has registered as an Interested & Affected Party in the Goosebay project owned by a Mark van Wyk, who has applied to mine 34 types of minerals in the Parys area. It is also attempting to register as a I&AP for the proposed coal prospecting right at Palmietfontein near Springs which borders the Marievale reserve which is a Ramsar site at the head of the Blesbokspruit. As yet there has been no response from the consultants.

Parys councillor Saal De Jager is to be congratulated for getting the local sewage works fixed at last after this treatment plant had being decanting raw sewage into the river for some time. Let’s hope this problem does not recur.

For the last couple of weeks the Vaal has been unfishable following heavy rains which put paid to a very good angling period. Presently it is flowing at about 50-60 cumecs and really must settle down to below 25 cumecs and clear to make what should be a good late autumn period.

Sterkfontein Dam

David Weaver reports that it has been a tough season with frequent cold fronts coming through and plenty of rain. The good news is that the dam is brim full, but to spite the anglers huge numbers of yellows have migrated over the wall of the coffer dam at the top end (Driefontein) which has diminished the population in the main dam. However, now that the dam is full, and water covers the wall at the top end the fish will probably start to return to the main section.


Most of the yellowfish waters are still too high and dirty after an extended period of very wet weather. A possible exception for those looking for yellowfishing are the upper tributaries of the Tugela system where Carl Friese of Tugela Fishing Company reports that these smaller streams clear quite quickly after the rains.

Kind regards,


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