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Lake Kyle

Lake Kyle is the second largest expanse of open water in Zimbabwe after Kariba. It was completed in 1960 to provide water for irrigation, consequently water levels fluctuate considerably. Located at the confluence of the Mshagashe and Mtilikwe Rivers, parts of the lakeshore are steep and rocky and covered by open woodland. The lake is situated at around 1035m above sea level in the Lake Kyle Recreation Park, it has a maximum depth of 56m, with water temperatures varying between 16-27C making it a potential year round bass fishing destination.

The lake is 91 km2 in area when full, covering over 9000 ha of highland valleys. The park was established in 1963 and contains hotels, caravan sites and camp sites. It is well utilised for recreation and the lake is renowned for it's large but sadly not very abundant largemouth bass.

The general condition of all roads leading to the park are surfaced and in very good condition. However, some tourist roads within the park may require four wheel drive vehicles




1425 million cubic metres, surface area 91km2.


At the recreational park.

Fish Species Available

Numerours species including largemouth bass, nembwe, various species of bream, barbel and yellow fish.


You name it, Kyle has it, deep water islands, rocky points and drop-offs, trees, river channels, water grass, reeds.

Recommended Lures

Spinner baits, soft plastics, cranks. We are hopeful that anglers with a knowledge of Kyle will share their knowledge.


Camping and caravaning facilities exist at the recreational park, as well as self catering bungalows.





Contact Numbers

Not known.

Bank Fishing Potential


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"Warnings at Kyle:
Kyle hoasts a health amount of crocodiles and hippo's
Kyle is a large body of water and for first time visitors you are advised to fish with someone who knows the dam or to take a GPS if a GPS fish finder is not owned..."

Posted by Rassiezim on 2010-02-18 11:16:40

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