At the moment the Club controls about 16 still waters and 14 river beats over 60 km on the Umzimkulu and Pholela Rivers. The dams are stocked regularly with rainbow trout and, in some of the dams, with 10 % brown trout. The river population of rainbow trout is self-sustaining and in equilibrium, which means that the river fishing is completely natural and that the fish are wild. Some of the still waters have bass populations. Once stocked in the dams the fish are left to fend for themselves and in effect become wild trout. The angler therefore has to use all his skill and cunning to catch them. On most dams the Club has boats available for anglers at no extra charge.
All fishing takes place on private farms and there are strict rules governing the behavior of members and visitors alike so that the land owners are inconvenienced as little as possible and their interests and farming activities are fully protected.
The still waters are open for fishing every day of the year, but there is a closed season on the rivers from 15 May to 31 August every year. The closure dates may be amended in times of severe drought, when low water levels make fishing difficult or impossible.
There are vacancies for members and anyone who wishes to apply is welcome to contact the Club by e-mail, fax or telephone.
On the club’s still waters, 20 rods caught 17 trout, the heaviest of which was 4.5lbs at Lake Ringstead. There were no bookings made for the club’s river beats.
On the club’s still waters, 20 rods caught 16 trout, the heaviest of which was 5lbs at Turners Cottage. On the river beats, 1 rod landed no trout. Water temperatures of 22/23C were reported.
On the club’s still waters, 24 rods landed 66 trout, the heaviest of which was a 2.5kg rainbow at Lake Ringstead by I. Darling. On the rivers, 3 rods caught 3 trout, the longest of which was a 45cm beaut at Upper Ericsberg, landed by R. Pretorius.
The club’s still waters have been fishing well with 28 rods producing 73 trout, the longest of which was a 65cm rainbow trout from Finlands 1, caught by K. Nustad. The river fishing has been a little slower with 2 anglers producing 4 small fish.
It’s been a great month on the still waters with 30 rods landing 101 trout, the largest of which was a 68cm rainbow from Lake Ringstead, caught by M Brandis. There have also been some good fish coming out of the rivers, with 14 rods landing 14 trout, the longest of which was a 45cm Read more about October, 2019[…]
On the still waters, 72 rods landed 170 trout. This figure includes 145 trout caught during the festival by 58 anglers. The longest fish was an impressive 64cms, caught at Ringstead by a visitor. A total of 295 trout were caught by festival entrants on club and district waters combined. On the rivers, 8 rods Read more about September, 2019[…]
In August, 23 rods landed 43 trout in the club’s still waters. The longest was a beautiful 54cm rainbow trout caught at Lake Ringstead by M. Brandis.
The club’s still waters produced 27 trout for 21 anglers. The largest was a beautiful 7 pounder caught at Lake Ringstead by D. Parsons.
On the still waters, 32 rods landed 19 trout, the longest of which was a 66cm rainbow at Ringstead by N.van Rooyen. On the river beats, 12 rods caught 23 trout, longest of which was 12 inches.