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Bulshoek Dam

Bulshoek Dam is situated alongside the N7 national road, approximately 20 km past Clanwilliam on the road to Namibia. The dam is set amidst stunning scenery, surrounded by green farmlands and the magnificent Cedarberg Mountains as a backdrop.

Bulshoek is a narrow dam, really more like an enlarged version of the river, that winds it's way for about 10 km through lush green farmland. The dam is mostly clear and fairly deep with plenty of structure of all kinds. Bulshoek is home to some very large Smallmouth Bass as well as big Largemouth Bass, smallies of close to 3kg have been taken and largies of over 3kg.

The lake is very popular with water skiers and being narrow this can be a problem for Bass anglers, however by moving higher up the lake this can be overcome. Those operating Bass boats should beware though as roughly halfway up the dam there is a sandbank that is less than 1 metre deep, a long pole standing in the middle of the dam (approximate gps co-ords -32.02103,18.804367) indicates where this starts, few skiers go beyond this point. The water becomes deeper again after this but even so boats shouldn't travel above idling speed in this part of the lake.

Bulshoek has a very consistent water level, the reason for this is that Clanwiliam, the much larger dam upstream exists primarily to keep Bulshoek full. The irrigation canals that run for many kilometres north from here are all fed by Bulshoek.

Details

Capacity

4.8 million cubic metres.

Slipway

Rondeberg Resort (near the wall) has an excellent concrete slipway, a nominal fee is payable to register your boat for the duration of your stay. You will require your skippers and seaworthy certificates in order to register your boat.

Launching from Bulshoek Dam Resort (near the river inlet) is from the bank.

Fish Species Available

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Carp, Bluegill, Clanwilliam Yellowfish.

Structure

Varied structure including rocky banks and points, shallow back waters, rocky cliff faces, standing timber, laydowns, lily pads, brush piles, jetties and man-made retaining walls.

Recommended Lures

Junebug lizard, senkos, flukes (salt & pepper, junebug), crankbaits.

Facilities

Rondeberg Resort - camping sites with electricity, fridge and private ablution facilities. There are also fully equipped chalets with air conditioning. The resort is located near the dam wall and is accessible directly off the N7 national road.

Bulshoek Dam Resort - on the opposite bank to the N7, approximately 15 km from Clanwilliam town and is accessed via a gravel road. There are basic camping facilities and a couple of caravans for hire. The resort also has some stone cottages which are equipped with bedding, cutlery etc.

Security

Excellent.

Warnings

Shallow obstructions - beware of sandbanks and even rock outcrops towards the river inlet, slow and safe is the way to go.

Heat - the area can get extremely hot in summer, temperatures well into the 40's (celcius) are not uncommon, adequate sun protection and hydration is essential.

Contact Numbers

Rondeberg Resort: 027 482 1487 (Kobus)
Bulshoek Resort: 027 482 2635 (Hilda)

Bank Fishing Potential

Good around the resorts, most of the dam is surrounded by private property so is not accessible, a float tube or canoe would be ideal.

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