Fishing Rules

May 6th, 2017

FISHING RULES

A FISHING PERMIT (TO BE OBTAINED FROM DOORKOP RECEPTION) MUST BE IN THE POSSESSION OF ALL FISHERMEN WHILST FISHING AT THE DAMS AND RIVERS OF DOORNKOP FISH AND WILDLIFE RESERVE

Fishing Bailif

Fishing Bailif

The dam bailiff reserves the right to check all fishing equipment and to ensure that guests adhere to the rules. He is required to report any misconduct to management immediately. Your support in this matter will be appreciated. If you are not familiar with fly fishing, the dam bailiffs can assist you and can give you good advice.

1. Children 12 and younger must be under adult supervision and must record their catches on an adults catch card/permit. Please ensure all guest and children are aware and obey the fishing rules.
2. Dam 9 ONLY.- Fishing for Bass using Fly or Bass tackle is permitted.
3. All Fish caught and kept have to be weighed and cleaned at the cleaning station. Do not gut the fish in the dams or before weighing. All fish kept will be charged at R150/kg above quota.
4. Please record all fish caught both returned and kept on the reverse side of the fishing permit in order to facilitate the stocking programme. Please hand in your completed card at the reception before you departure. All catch cards from the same unit need to be handed in before the deposit will be returned.
5. Only recognized fly-fishing equipment may be used. No other fishing tackle, spinners or bait is allowed.
6. Feeding of fish is prohibited.
7. Only barbless or de-barbed filies are to be used and are available to purchase at reception.
8. Fishing in the Swartwaterspruit and Komati River is on a catch and release basis only.
9. All Yellow fish must be released.
10. When releasing your fish, wet your hands thoroughly before touching the fish. Restrain it by gently turning the fish upside down and carefully remove the hook without tearing the mouth. Ensure the fish is revived before letting it go by holding the fish upright in the water and move it gently backwards and forward to oxygenate the gills. If the fish does not revive (repeatedly turns “belly up”) keep it and take to cleaning station to be weighed and record on your permit.
11. Please do not litter use the bins provided at all dams.
12. Swimming is prohibited in all dams.
13. Float tubes are only permitted on Dam 1 (Trophy Dam) & Komati River.
14. Wading is not allowed in any of the dams.
15. Fishing is permitted from dawn to dusk.
16. Dams 1-4 are strictly catch and release. Any fish kept will be charged at R200/kg, quotas do not apply. Applicable to all fishermen.
17. All Bass caught can be either released into Dam 9 at Reception or kept. Do not return Bass into any other dams besides dam 9.
18. Breaking ANY rules will result in a R500 fine.

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