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Raubenheimer Dam

Koos Raubenheimer Dam is a deep, rocky dam close to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo. The dam has a a good population of largemouth bass and is extremely clear with visibility of usually more than 2 metres. Known by insiders as the bass Mecca of the Little Karoo, Raubenheimer regularly delivers bass in the 2 - 3 kilo range, even topping 3 kg, although the average seems to be more in the half to one kilo range.

Boats are permitted on the dam but outboard motors are not, trolling motors only may be used. Being fairly small this is not a problem. Raubenheimer is an ideal water for float tubes, small inflatables and canoes. Being a very clear water dam, finesse fishing is the key to success, small topwater lures work well as well as crankbaits and soft plastics in natural colours.  Keys to the gate are obtainable from the nearby Cango Mountain Resort on payment of a R40 entry fee.

Accommodation is available in self catering bungalows and neat caravan and camping sites nearby at the Cango Mountain Resort. The town of Oudtshoorn has a wide selection of guest houses, hotels, camp sites and self catering options.



Unknown but small.


Very basic slipway which is often overgrown, boats can be launched from the dry bank.

Fish Species Available

Largemouth bass, bluegill.


Raubenheimer is a rocky dam, structure is therefore mainly boulders, rocky banks, ledges and steep drop-offs. There are a few aquatic plants, trees and brush piles in the inlet area and bays.

Recommended Lures

Smaller top waters and cranks, spinner baits, natiral coloured soft plastics. Long casts are essential in order to avoid spooking the fish in the very clear water.







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Bank Fishing Potential

Excellent over wide areas of the dam, it's also an ideal float tube water.

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"The first time I visited this dam was for 3 late afternoons (16:00-18:30) during October as I was there on business. I caught 12 per session average from the bank, all under 1kg. Almost half the fish were caught sight-fishing and all of them on watermelon u-vibes and all of them were lying very shallow, seeming to be in a spawn pattern.

I returned in November for a couple of days' holiday. Once again fishing the same time of day as it seems the bass only comes up toward evening (like all other animals in the Karoo). The fishing wasn't as good and cost me two evenings to figure out I should fish 2m+ water with topwaters.

Contact detail for the resort:
044 272 4506
Email: info@cangomountainresort.co."

Posted by Sharky on 2009-11-27 14:42:41

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