Gauteng is a small province, the smallest in South Africa in fact, but is also densely populated; bass fishing venues are therefore not very abundant. The primary bass fishing destination in the province is the Vaal River, a couple of smaller impoundments such as Roodeplaat Dam are also available, as well as a number of private bass fishing venues. Sadly the intensive industry and dense human population result in frequent pollution problems in the area. Nevertheless the Vaal is definitely worth a visit.
Below we look into 3 different locations:
1. Bronkhorstspruit Dam
Bronkhorstspruit has been a well kept secret amongst bass anglers in the know. This easily accessible dam is located south of the town of Bronkhorstspruit, approximately 60 km East of Pretoria. Some excellent quality largemouth Bass have been caught from the dam and it’s one of those venues that can produce fish throughout the year.
The water can be fairly stained so lures with a bit of flash or noise are ideal, white spinner baits have proved effective. Flukes are also a popular choice, especially when fished around and in the grass that surrounds much of the dam.
Bass of 2 to 3 kg have been caught although the average is more likely to be closer to 1 kg. Bronkies can be a tough dam to fish, when it’s on it’s smoking, but it can turn off just as quickly, at such times the angler has to work for his fish.
2. Vaal River
The section of the Vaal River (not to be confused with the Vaal Dam), runs from below the Vaal Dam wall for approximately 40 km downstream to the Barrage. The river is lined for most of it’s length with private residences so access is limited. A boat is essential for fishing this vast stretch of water, launching facilities are available at a number of resorts, as is accommodation ranging from fairly basic camping sites to luxury hotels and casinos.
The proximity of the Vaal River to major centers of population mean that it’s popular with other water sports enthusiasts, bass anglers therefore have to learn to live with water skiers and leisure boaters.
Despite this the Vaal is a great Largemouth Bass fishery and once the angler has overcome the difficulties good catches can be made. Some very large bass are caught from time to time, the average fish though is somewhat smaller.
3. Exclusive Bass Angling
Exclusive Bass is a fishing venue for the bank angler that loves bass fishing, the venue is situated just outside of Nigel out on the Balfour road (R51). The dam is stocked with good size bass and also is home to a lot of carp, barbel and kurper. Sizes range between 1kg and 4kg with a lot of 1 to 2.5kg bass being caught every weekend. There are shaded trees with a lawn next to the water for camping or just relaxing. Float tubes and inflatables are welcome.