Far from the maddening crowd, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg, set on the banks of the Vaal River below the Barrage, lies the tranquil abode of Yellow Fish Paradise.

The 750 meters of river frontage provides both fast and slow runs flowing into large rocky pools with ideal eddies for holding both large and small mouth yellow fish, amongst other species common to the Vaal River system.

Yellow Fish Paradise is now not only a popular fishing venue. Patrons are now also enjoying the five self catering rondawels with its "on the river bank lapa" as a popular party venue for After-wedding parties, bachelor and birthday celebrations. The fact that a "all in stock" shop and well stocked liquor store exists on the premises with realistic prices adds to the convenience.


As the question of water flow in the Vaal below the Barrage (Lochvaal) is always of concern to our patrons, I have taken the trouble of providing three contacts for information concerning the river flow:

a) On the internet- BARRAGE DAILY FLOW RATE

b) Mr. Karel Kleinhans at 016 987-2044

c) The general Water Board number of Barrage is 016 987-2010

Weekly Report

Fishing picked up very well with the inflow of fresh water. However, a severe thunder storm early on Saturday morning and again followed by an even more severe on about an hour later, caused havoc. Tents were blown down and everything was soaking wet. By midday the weather cleared and the rest of the weekend turned out fine.

The negative side is that the new inflow of cold rain water caused a drop in the river temperature resulting in the fish seeking deeper water. On Saturday after the storms our patrons who fished in the river had good results, 6 Kg Carp and Yellows up to 4 Kg. Flashback PTN, Green Rock worm and GRHE flies produced takes by Yellows, Carp, Muddies and Barbell. However , Sunday with the temperature drop in the river, those patrons that did try, had to work hard. Copper John flies and Green Blood Worm as a second fly produced some takes. The Copper John is a heavy fly and sinks deeper proving the fact that the fish went down deeper as a result of the cold surface inflow.

The good news is that the extra inflow is flushing the river. Patrons are reporting that large schools of fish can be seen. This includes Yellows, Carp and Muddies, Massive Barbell are also visible and though they are feeding, it seems that their spawning process is not yet over. Even large green Carp took Green Blood Worm Flies.

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