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    Hi Guys, sorry if this is duplicate thread but I went through the threads and couldn't find anything dedicated to catches in the Vaal river. Fished at Parys today and caught 2 small mouth yellows. 1.5kg and 1kg. Water was cold but must have been higher than 16 degrees. I estimate 18. Vis was about 30cm. Before today I wasn't sure if the conditions were right yet so I hope this helps anyone that is questioning whether or not to make a trip to the Vaal. Seems like yellow fish season has begun! Rocks are very slippery, next time I'm taking my kayak. Who's catching??
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    I thought the Vaal is full of poo at the moment, or has it been "flushed"
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard C View Post
    Hi Guys, sorry if this is duplicate thread but I went through the threads and couldn't find anything dedicated to catches in the Vaal river. Fished at Parys today and caught 2 small mouth yellows. 1.5kg and 1kg. Water was cold but must have been higher than 16 degrees. I estimate 18. Vis was about 30cm. Before today I wasn't sure if the conditions were right yet so I hope this helps anyone that is questioning whether or not to make a trip to the Vaal. Seems like yellow fish season has begun! Rocks are very slippery, next time I'm taking my kayak. Who's catching??
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Andre, as per IC Stuff's posts and mine on the Vaal River Update thread, the visibility from the Barrage down to Silver Strome is goodish ( 30 - 40 cms ) with the water being the normal greenish colour.

    From speaking to Gerrit it would seem that the problem is coming into the river below Strome and Parys. I know of a few devolopments that have sprung up on the banks of the river. Don't know if they are responsible.

    A note of concern though, driving over the Klip River on the R 59 towards Vanderbijl today I noticed that the whole stream was covered in a white froth. Almost like someone had dumped 10 000 litres of bubble bath into the river

    I have seen this froth before, but can not work out where it is coming from
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    Thanks RedHumpy. Looked at that yesterday but could only see info on pollution on the Vaal. I see there is some fishing feedback today.

    Pity about the pollution at the Vaal. It's strange that the levels of toxins vary so much. I think that when the systems are overloaded some of the waste is diverted to the river unprocessed, surely that is the only explanation? It's 24 hrs later and I haven't broken out in any rashes yet. So guess it's safe for another session next weekend

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    Based on the link to the water report and samples on the Vaal update thread, page 530, I think it's clear that the problem is coming from the Klip river and the river that enters the Vaal just before the barrage from Vanderbijlpark. It seems like it is diluted by the main river and safe(r) below the barrage.

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    Hi.

    The system that was reported, was the "Rietspruit" that flows through Sebokeng area. I spoke to Anton Hartmann about a week ago and he told me that DWAF/ Randburg and local municipal workers had gone and opened a lot of those blocked sewerage systems. He did a E.coli count again at the same sampling point where he got the 22 000 count in June, and it was down to between 1000-2000. The Klip is the second most polluted river in S.A....so that one will always have a problem (any body tell me which is more polluted? The Eerste in Stellies? or the Hennops?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Jooste View Post
    Andre, as per IC Stuff's posts and mine on the Vaal River Update thread, the visibility from the Barrage down to Silver Strome is goodish ( 30 - 40 cms ) with the water being the normal greenish colour.

    From speaking to Gerrit it would seem that the problem is coming into the river below Strome and Parys. I know of a few devolopments that have sprung up on the banks of the river. Don't know if they are responsible.

    A note of concern though, driving over the Klip River on the R 59 towards Vanderbijl today I noticed that the whole stream was covered in a white froth. Almost like someone had dumped 10 000 litres of bubble bath into the river

    I have seen this froth before, but can not work out where it is coming from
    I don't think there are any problems downstream as such, because the only significant inflows between Silwer strome and where I fish is the Mooi, Schoonspruit and Renoster. Potch has a green status with it's water purification so the mooi could not be a mayor issue. I have fished the Renoster as it flows just outside Viljoenskroon and is one of the hidden gems in the Free State. The Schoon is the only concern and as it is so low down (far below Parys) it could not be the culpritt. It is every year's issue this side, the snot and everything else lasts longer this far downstream, and with this weeks higher flows it should gradually clear from upstream. This side you make peace with the snot and viz untill the first decent 35+ cms flush for a few days.
    P.s. all the yellows I caught was in good condition some even looking a bit chubby, think it is the Boufet insects in the snot.
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    It's pointless to have duplicate threads covering the same information.

    The mods should merge this thread with the Vaal River Update thread.
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