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.
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.
RIVER FLOW INFORMATION
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
We again see how sensitive nature is. With the massive sand storm that started in De Aar, Eastern Cape and which was seen and felt as far as Johannesburg, a cold twist in the weather occurred. Massive snow fell on the Drakensberg and wet and cold weather occurred in Bloemfontein. On Friday night and Saturday night it became quite chilli almost reminding us of the past winter. Day time temperatures were fair to warm but the cold "nip" in the air could be felt. This had an immediate effect on the fish. For the past three weeks, patrons enjoyed terrific fishing irrespective of some of the species having started to spawn. On Saturday one Carp of plus minus 6Kg was caught. Several Barbell of up to 8Kg were taken.
Fly fishermen experienced the cold snap effect more so than the bank anglers and had to fish deep with weighted fly and sinking line "Copper John and Bead Head Nymphs". Brown Caddis with a Purple Flashback, Green Caddis and Green Bloodworm did produce results but noticeable more so on Sunday afternoon when the cold snap started receding. What was however, noticed is the large hatches of Caddis Moths on the water on Sunday afternoon and the immediate response of fish activity on the upper section of the water at these hatches. Two patrons changed their fly to Caddis Moths, but unfortunately did not to give us feedback of any success.
Several Small Mouth Yellows and Muddies 1,5 to 3,5Kg were caught on Sunday, when temperatures improved. The river flow does not seen to have been affected with the rain. We had earlier in the week probably due to little rain in the catchment area.
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