Date of Report: Tuesday, 27th March 2018
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Name: Brian Clark
Phone: 082 537 3285

Sand River Dam, the only local dam with trout at the moment is 80% full even though the city is drawing water from it. It was the venue for a competition last Sunday. The water was still on the warm side but a couple of good-sized rainbows were caught. There is some concern about the availability of yearlings to stock Sand River in future as the Rhodes University hatchery will probably close permanently. Yearlings are required for this fishery as bass are also present.

Bulk River Dam which is the alternative local trout water was almost emptied by the city during the drought, but is now back to 98% full and we are planning to stock it with brown fingerlings later this year.

Apparently, the Upper van Stadens Dam is being dredged and when it has refilled we are considering also stocking it with brown fingerlings.

Our local club, the EP Freshwater Fish Conservancy, will organise an outing to Thrift on 27 to 29 April and they have booked the cottages at the famous trophy water. Further outings to be arranged shortly.