Fishing in Villiersdorp

Fishing in Villiersdorp is a popular pastime with people of all ages and levels of experience. Pack your rod, tackle box and hat because this Theewaterskloof town, and its surrounding countryside, are packed with fishing opportunities you don’t want to miss. Whether you prefer camping next to the river for the day or want to take a boat out on Theewaterskloof Dam, there is an incredible fishing excursion just waiting to happen. 

If you are attempting to fly fishing for the first time or are trying to catch a big one from a boat, fishing is a great way to connect with nature while you spend time with friends and family.

Villiersdorp has many popular fishing spots to choose from. Some, like the Theewaterskloof Dam, are known, but others will only be found if you make friends with the locals. 

Angling clubs from all over South Africa visit the Theewaterskloof Dam to experience abundant freshwater angling. Angling licenses are available at the Theewaters Sports Club if you need one. Your catch of the day can either be taken home or released back into the dam.

If you plan on staying for more than a day, the fishing spots also have businesses and accommodations nearby, making it easy to enjoy a bit of fishing in style. And now you can enlist the services of a guide to point you in the right direction, hire a boat or buy some rods, bait, lines and droppers. Even if fishing is not your thing, there are many other things to do in Villiersdorp to keep you busy while others spend time casting their lines.

If you are wondering what fish you can expect to catch, the answer is pleasing if fishing is your thing. Rainbow trout is a common occupier of the dams and rivers in the area, along with some bass and other fish species. The local fishing community encourage de-barbing your hooks, making it easier to catch and release, which is always recommended if you are not fishing for an actual meal.

Aside from the incredible fishing Villiersdorp and the surrounding area offers, you can savour pleasure in simply being in nature in the Overberg. The endless views of rolling mountains and fertile valleys paired with the sound of happy birdsong, round off every outing to this lovely part of the world.

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A family-friendly campsite and water sports haven on the banks of the Theewaterskloof Dam close to Villiersdorp.

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