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
The condition of the weather on Friday, sowed doubt in the minds of some of our patrons as to weather they should come fishing or not. It was overcast and cold on Saturday, with a lot of rain on Saturday evening accompanied by a lot of fine hail. This most certainly had a negative affect on the fish and fishing in general.
The Barbell started spawning in all seriousness on Saturday and massive Barbell on accessions seemed to want to climb out of the water in their effort to mate. Carp are still seen spawning here and there but seems to be nearing the end of their spawning. Muddies have also been seen spawning In odd batches. No yellows as yet have been seen spawning. A few of our patrons who went out on Sunday caught Carp, Barbell and Muddies on fly
Two of our patrons reported Small Mouth Yellows catches of up to 3,5 Kg on a No.12 hook Lime Green and Lime Green and Yellow Bead Head Caddis as also on Green Bloodworm. However, it was noticeable that pick-ups were more frequent in the deep gullies meaning that the fish is not yet ready to surface feed. Large hatches of Caddis moths were seen on the water, so also swarms of flying ants on Sunday after the rain. It may pay to try flying-ants imitations as also the Caddis Moth the next few days.
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