480 million cubic metres, surface area 48 km2.
Fish Species Available
Largemouth Bass (Northern strain), Carp, Bluegill, Barbel, Kurper.
Mainly drowned trees but also rocky drop offs, grass, reeds, old roads, bridges and even drowned buildings.
Mainly soft plastics and spinnerbaits, watermelon red flukes and junebug lizards work well. Spinnerbaits in white and chartreuse cast to standing trees and allowed to helicopter down next to the trunk can produce good fish.
Well maintained yacht club, electrified camping sites, a restaurant and a pub, there are also loads of private accomodation establishments surrounding the lake and in the town of Villiersdorp.
1). Wind - Theewaterskloof can become unpleasant and even dangerous to boaters when the wind starts to blow, which can happen very quickly. Anglers planning on launching a boat should be aware of the weather and heed the advice of launch officials.
2). Certifcate of Competence - launch officials will not allow a boat to launch unless the skipper is able to produce a valid COC and seaworthy certificate.
3). Restricted area - the area to the west of the R321 road bridge is part of a nature reserve, a permit must be obtained to enter. The up-side is that this section of the lake is devoid of leisure boats so Bass anglers are undisturbed by water skiers and jet skis.
Yacht Club: 028 840 1334
Cape Nature Conservation: 028 841 4826
Bank Fishing Potential
Bank fishing is possible and productive in many areas around the yacht club. Much of the surrounding land is privately owned so access is limited. The area to the west of the main R321 road bridge crossing the dam is part of a nature reserve, a permit must be obtained from Cape Nature Conservation to enter the area.