The Lowveld Bass Trail is a fly-fishing competition which takes place every year from February, and is one of the best-supported fishing events in Dullstroom and the surrounding areas. The competition comprises eight rounds, held about one month apart, and is open to all fishermen.
For 2015, the final day’s fishing takes place on 10 October at Injaka Dam, near Hazyview.
The next round of fishing is on 12 September at Kwena Dam, near Lydenburg, just 60 km from the Dullstroom fly-fishing hub of Mpumalanga. This large body of water, with a capacity of 159 million cubic metres, is located in the catchment area of the Crocodile River, hence its name which means ‘crocodile’ in Sotho. Apart from fly-fishing, this dam is also the site of other things to do near Dullstroom such as water sports, picnics and bird watching.
Kwena Dam is located off the N4 between Witbank and Middelburg, on the Schoemanskloof Road near Nelspruit’s Halls Farm Store. The previous rounds were held at Klipkopje, Driekoppies and Vygeboom Dams.
This Dullstroom event is a team-effort and operates on cast-for-cash tournament principles which enables all levels of fishermen, regardless of experience and equipment, to take part and to achieve financial reward for their successes. Prizes are awarded to the first ten places, with the first-place winners receiving R5000 for their achievement.
Teams consist of a maximum of two anglers per boat with a ‘catch, weight and release’ format. Every effort is made to prevent harm to the bass and preserve them for future Dullstroom fly-fishing endeavours.
Competitors do not need to be affiliated to any club or organisation, and guests from nearby Dullstroom hotels are welcome to take part.
To register for this annual fly-fishing competition enquire about taking part in this popular Dullstroom event.