|Date of Report: Tuesday, 17th October 2017|
|Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702
Northern KZN/SE Mpumalanga:
Horst Filter, after a very good winter season for smallscale and largescale on the Phongola and Assegai rivers, has discontinued fishing as the yellows are now in spawning mode. The same applies to the Pivane which he says maintains a good population of yellows. Problems include an expanding bass population and the curse of illegal netting in sections of the river which are poorly policed.
The middle Tugela below Colenso has been plagued by dirty water and pollution emanating from Ladysmith, but Greg Maxwell (083 3805179) says the smaller tributaries up in the catchment produced some great Natal yellows (scaly) during winter. These streams muddy after summer downpours but clear very quickly. The fish are already moving out of the deeper pools into the rapids to spawn so Greg asks that anglers do not target spawners or trample spawning beds.
Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg tell us that the Umgeni River at the Cascades is pouring into the Midmar Dam and this flow is reinforced by water transferred by cold water from the Mooi’s River Rockford Dam. The Cascades area is a very popular fishing area in November/December as yellows assemble to migrate up the Umgeni but this has been fenced off by KZN Wildlife.
Southern KZN: Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that after a brilliant spring period with a good flow of crystal clear water and plenty of yellows coming out the recent rain has turned the river into a brown torrent. If the early summer rain continues good sight fishing may only return in autumn. Probably the same applies to the lower Umzimkulu which is fished by the South Coast Fly Rodders Club when the river is clear.
A scaly taken from an upper Tugela tributary – the Mlambonja stream