|Date of Report: Monday, 14th August 2017|
|Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702
Northern KZN/SE Mpumalanga:
Horst reports that for the third month they have had good fishing in both the Phongola and Assegai rivers. As it has been a mild winter so far the conditions at the moment are perfect and Horst and party returned from the Assegai last Friday having returned about 16 yellows, some of good size. As the water is warming they also killed 8 bass, some which were close to spawn. There is some concern that the flow in the Phongola could be very low by late August. Pollution of the Assegai below Piet Retief remains a concern as does illegal netting in all the rivers. With regard to the latter although there is no help from the Mpumalanga authorities but the local KZN Wildlife official has provided good assistance in controlling this plague.
Mark Calverley of Zingela reports that theTugela is not as clear as normal for this time of year and water level is high for this time of year. Level is very fishable -numbers caught are low but this more due to anglers being novices unaccustomed to winter tactics and with no guides.
I have not checked temperature but the last 2 weeks have been warmer than usual.
We should see an increase in numbers caught soon.
Midlands: Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg tell us that it is probably still too early for fishing Midmar at the Cascades or the Midlands rivers but he hears the lower Umkomaas is the place to be.
Southern KZN: Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that the middle Umkomaas near Richmond is now crystal clear and running well for this time of year. We also hear that the South Coast Fly Anglers have had several visits to the lower Umzimkulu which runs clear in winter and where they have had some success on private farms recently.