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    Default Oudtshoorn... any fishing even in a dam??

    Morning Guys, I have a three day trip to Oudtshoorn in August, school hockey trip, I am only attending the games and will be free a lot of the afternoons and was looking for accommodation that would have fishing on them..
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    I suggest Calitzdorp Dam about 40 minutes drive.
    Chance of some decent SM yellows.
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    Thanks Korrie, I hoping something the other side of the town or closer
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    Ebenhauser Dam just outside of town. Good bass fishing. I caught some good ones last June on fly. The rivers around Calitzdorp were discoloured and cold as was the dam

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    Not really the best time of year for fishing.

    Raubenhaimer dam has lots of bass. Well, just about all the dams in the area has a lot of bass, but access is a problem. Place to stay near the dam: http://www.cangomountain.caravanparks.co.za/ nice resort about 25 km out of town towards Cango caves. We used to park in the resort and climb up the dam wall, go over the fence to fish the dam. If you are lucky and want to work really hard, you can walk all the way to the inlet of the dam (The one to the left) and maybe get yourself one of the secret troots of the area. But.... hard work and not really an option. There is also a small dam in the resort with bass and carp.

    When you are in the area, go and visit the Rust en Vrede Waterfall - truly amazingly beautiful. Just past the Raubenhaimer dam towards De Rust. Well worth the effort. Also great drive to take that dirt road and drive all the way to De Rust for a cold one. Some drive past some dams on this road, always worth it to cast a fly until the farmer come to chase you away. But don't worry, you normally score a good cup of coffee and make a new friend as well. This area is full of friendly people!

    Near Schoemanshoek (16 km towards Cango Caves) is a new place: http://oppi-dam.co.za/ I used to live in this area some years back and this dam were then full of small easy to catch carp and some big bass - read 1.5kg and up.

    The yellows will be hard work that time of year. All in the Gourits system and if you want to hook up, send me a PM. But this is normally a full day trip.

    You can also try the Olifants river just outside of town - 15 km towards Calitzdorp - yellows and bass. I've blanked more times than catching here, but when the fishing is on, it is ON!

    Trout - HHmmm? the locals don't give up their secrets for a weekend warrior, also not in still waters. Another PM might be necessary.

    In August the chances are very good for snow on the Swartberge, so be warm and make a plan to go over the pass to play in the snow, might be easier than to try and catch fish.

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    Hi Neil, you mean Koos Raubenhaimer dam?

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    Yup probably. Raubenhaimer and Ebenhauser sound similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilRowe View Post
    Yup probably. Raubenhaimer and Ebenhauser sound similar
    Jeez, but on the other hand, all the dams in the area is full of bass and any one of them can be called anything. I was always amazed by the quality of fish you can catch just about anywhere.

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    Eduard

    As you exit the town towards the Cango Caves, you get to a fork in the road. The RH fork leads to this dam. I think we paid an entrance fee. Quite a large piece of water and the bass guys frequent it with their bass boats. If memory serves me correctly, there is a small trout dam higher up the same valley.

    Also had some interesting river fishing and caught some nice brown trout

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilRowe View Post
    Eduard

    As you exit the town towards the Cango Caves, you get to a fork in the road. The RH fork leads to this dam. I think we paid an entrance fee. Quite a large piece of water and the bass guys frequent it with their bass boats. If memory serves me correctly, there is a small trout dam higher up the same valley.

    Also had some interesting river fishing and caught some nice brown trout
    Jip, that sounds like Raubenhaimer, only one large enough for the boats. I've never paid to fish the dam, always just went and fished. Maybe I missed something. Huge bass holds on the dam wall side in the deeper water and in the by-gone days this dam was rated as one of the better ones in SA.

    The so called trout dam is higher up from there, but a bitch to get entry, Melville dam. Never caught anything there but it is rumoured to hold trout.

    The brown trout is way on other side in a different river system that may only be whispered or PM'd. Some time back it was one of the rivers to be Retononed - wonder what happened on that front.

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