Stocking and Management Reports: Dam and River Fishing
Stonecutters Lodge is proud of excellent fly-fishing facilities and for the enjoyment of our fishermen ensure excellent stocking of our dams and river. Reputable hatcheries in the area are used on a regular basis. To supplement the wild trout that are breeding in the river, the river is also well-stocked. Catch and release of uninjured fish is permitted. All fish caught in the river are to be released. In order to facilitate our stocking procedures, all catches are to be reported in the fishing catch record book.
STOCKING PROCEDURES AT STONECUTTERS DULLSTROOM, MPUMALANGA
Management and stocking of the waters is managed by the owners of the Lodge and is based on various factors:
Seasonal: In the very hot months from December to February no stocking is done unless we have a cool period. Trout are very heat sensitive and even a few degrees of raised temperature will cause the fish to die. Stocking is mainly undertaken between March and November. Stocking of the river is only feasible once the torrential summer rains have abated.
Usage: Stocking also depends on the number of fly-fisherman using the waters and the catch reports are taken into consideration. Many fisherman release the trout back to the waters- CAR is compulsory in the river unless the fish is injured. Trout fingerlings are seen in the river and wild trout are caught regularly.
Feeding: The trout feed naturally at Stonecutters. Supplementary feeding (on floating pellets once a week) occurs, when the natural food is scarce and the trout that are caught (although healthy) are long and thin. The supplementary feeding only may happen in the winter months.
18/4/2019 126 Rainbow Trout weighing 450g stocked. River 100 stocked and dams 26 stocked. Due to late rains the river is still flowing well.
21/3/2019 71 Trout weighing between 750-900g stocked in dams
2/11/2018 160 Trout average weight 335 gm stocked: 100 in river plus 60 in dams, stocked by Marabou Trout. Due to high Spring temperatures and minimal rain it was safer to stock smaller rainbows. Hopefully the rains will come and the increased river flow will enable larger Trout to be stocked in the river. Still plenty of large Trout to be caught in both dams.
20/3/2018 : 170 fish Total. 100 fish average weight 616 gm and 70 fish average weight 1 kg.
Rainbow Trout are stocked by Marabou Trout Hatchery