Magoebaskloof Tourism | Haenertsburg Tourism

Trout Fishing in Magoebaskloof and Surrounds

Trout fishing LimpopoTROUT FISHING information for visitors

‘A visitor to the area may purchase a permit for 1 rod for the day at R150 or for a week at R600. This will entitle that person to fish at Standford Lake dam or Lakeside Dam. The normal etiquette for Trout fishing will apply and only non-spinning Artificial lures may be used. The bag limit is two Rainbow only and the rest must be caught and released. No Brown trout may be bagged. If in doubt please read the detailed rules when you book. Booking can be arranged at the Haenertsburg Liquor store. 0152764765 during normal bottle store hours. Please speak to Poppie or Jenny. A non-member permit will be issued and must be kept for display to any HTA member requesting sight of it.

A map with the position of the two dams will be available when the booking is made.’

Haenertsburg Trout Association

The history of HTA dates back to 1905-6 when enthusiastic locals first stocked the waters around Haenertsburg with trout. To give them some semblance of respectability, they decided to become the local branch of the Transvaal Trout Acclimatization Society based in Johannesburg. In 1911, the Johannesburg contingent suspended activities and informed the local Haenertsburg branch that they would have to "go it alone" if they wanted to keep functioning.
A meeting was called on the 9th December 1911 at the Haenertsburg Hotel where the foundations for our present HTA were laid. Sir. Lionel Phillips was elected President and Mr. Stanford, Chairman. On the 9th January 1912, another meeting was held at which the name Haenertsburg Trout Society was adopted and the rules were drafted. Sometime during the next fifteen years, the name changed to the Haenertsburg Trout Association.
Popular fishing spots were Stanford Lake and the three waterfalls found below the Lake, the Broederstroom and the Helpmekaar rivers.
In 1940, the Helpmekaar river was dammed and Troutbeck Lake was formed (Lakeside). The wetlands surrounding Lakeside were proclaimed a Nature Reserve and placed under the care of HTA. In 1956, an agreement with the Pieters
burg Municipality (now called Polokwane Muncipality) gave HTA control over the newly completed Swallow Falls Dam (Dap Naude). In 1966, the Association took over the lease of the Iron Crown Sailing Club facilities on Ebenezer Dam which then became our Club and Hatchery.
We have, over the years, negotiated leases to many streams and dams in the mountains around Haenertsburg, the Bergplaas stretch of the Letaba River.

Facilities at the Club:
• Five Rondawels each with two beds and one double bunk with mattresses, table and four chairs, wash basin with cold running water.
• Ablution blocks with flush toilets and hot showers.
• Eight camping/caravan sites.
• Recreation area – Clubhouse.
• Deep freezers, tables and chairs in main clubhouse.
• Launching facilities for boats.
All enquiries, bookings and cancellations at 015 276 4765
All venues; no fires, no camping, please take litter out. Fly fishing equipment only. Lock all gates. Please make sure to read the information signs at each venue as the rules change from time to time.


Still Waters

Dap Naude' Dam - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.

• No booking, first come first served.
• No rowing boats ; members may supply their own water craft.
• Persons in boats to supply own life jackets and wear them. Electric motors may be used for movement from one spot to another, no trolling.
• All persons to be out of the forestry area before dark.
• No fishing between the dam wall and the first bridge below the wall. The water level can change suddenly when water is released from the dam.
• No fishing in the feeder stream at the top end of the dam.

Lakeside and Stanford Lake - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
Visitors may purchase a permit to fish Stanford Lake on their own. On Lakeside or any other water controlled by the HTA apart from Townbeat, visitors must be in the company of a member of good standing and be in possession of a relevant permit purchased from the booking office.
• Book the waters.
• Rowing boats with oars provided. The oar lockers to be kept locked at all times.
• Maximum of six rods at any time.
• No motors allowed. No sailboards. Kick boats, float tubes, private rowing boats and canoes allowed.
• Vehicles to park in the designated area.

Diepgelegen (Gael Evans) - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
• Book the waters.
• Maximum three rods at any time, two may be guests. No boats, float tubes, kick boats, rafts or any type of water craft.
• Catch and release trophy sized fish.
• Four wheel drive vehicles in rainy season.

Dodingtons Weir - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
• Book the waters. Three rods per day, at least one must be a member.
• Boat provided. Float tubes, kick boats and canoes allowed.
• Bag limit two fish per day. Brown trout to be returned. Take bass out!
• Four wheel drive vehicles in rainy season.

Bellerieve Dam - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
• Book the waters.
• No boats allowed . Float tubes, canoes and kick boats allowed.
• Three rods per day, at least one must be a member.
• Bag limit of two fish per day.
• Four wheel drive vehicles in rainy season.

Rondefontein Dam - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
• Book the waters.
• Club boats at dam. Float tubes, canoes and kick boats allowed.
• Catch and release trophy sized fish.
• Three rods per day, at least one must be a member.

Bramasole Dam - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
• Float tubes, canoes and kick boats allowed.
• Book the waters.
• Three rods per day, at least one must be a member.
• Catch and release trophy sized fish.

Goedehoop Dam - bag limit 2 fish, no Brown Trout may be kept.
• Book the waters.
• Float tubes, canoes and kick boats allowed.
• Three rods per day, at least one must be a member.

Ebenezer Dam
• This water is open to all and sundry and consequently gets hammered by spin and lure fishermen who catch lots of bass and anything else around (hopefully themselves too). There are both large and small mouth bass, bream (red breast, vlei, dwarf,), carp, barbel and trout in the dam. The trout are few and far between but those caught are invariably quite large. The trout seem to disappear in the summer months only to make their presence felt in dead of winter. Good spots are the Gully at the hatchery and the Stanford waterfall.

Goedvertrouen, Kromdraai, Bergplaas, stream below Dap Naude Dam.
• Park in the designated area.
• Maximum of three rods per day allowed, one must be a member.
• Book the waters.
• Leave water before dark.
• Bag limit 2 fish, practice catch and release.

• Due to fire risk, the rivers may be closed from time to time.

Bookings 015 276 4765/084 955 6779



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