FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - East Free State

Date of Report: Tuesday, 10th April 2018
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Name: David Weaver
Email: eff@ohs.dorea.co.za
Phone: 083 303 4230

The water temperature is dropping steadily and probably down to 18°C or below which means that the season is ending. The migratory birds have departed, and the insect hatches we saw up to a month ago have ceased so you are thinking of a fishing expedition to Sterkies you are probably wasting your time and will have to wait until at least mid-October.

It has been a tough season with frequent cold fronts coming through and high fishing pressure. Fortunately, bass have not been that prominent in the catches this year and I hope that everyone kills them. Bass Masters have ceased their competitions at the dam which may also be an indicator that the bass menace is dwindling.

It was noted earlier in the season that thousands of yellows had cleared the wall of the coffer dam at the top end of Sterkfontein (Driefontein dam) which made fishing more difficult in the main dam. With Sterkfontein virtually brim full now the coffer dam wall is under water so we can expect these yellows to migrate back to the main section.

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Image courtesy of Brandon Stonefield