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Venues

FACILITIES AND WATERS OF THE HAENERTSBURG TROUT ASSOCIATION

1. FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS

THE IRON CROWN CLUB ON EBENEZER DAM

Ebenezer Dam plays an important part in the HTA’s history. The club is situated at what was once the old sailing club’s premises. There are five rondawels each sleeping four people, five open camping sites and a modern and clean ablution block plus a toilet block. There is no electricity but there is hot water provided by a donkey boiler.

Ebenezer Dam provides fantastic fishing for large Brown and Rainbow Trout during winter and a five kg monster Rainbow was landed a while back on a lure by a bass angler. In summer it is possible to catch Trout, Largemouth Black Bass, Smallmouth Black Bass, Red Breast Kurper, Blue Kurper, Barbel and Carp, all on fly.

Facilities at the Iron Crown Club

Five rondawels each with two beds and one double bunk, table and four chairs and a wash basin with cold running water. 

Five camping sites.

Ablution block with flush toilets and hot showers.

Scullery and deep freezer.

Clubhouse recreation area with fireplace, tables and chairs.

Launching slipway for boats (no skiing allowed off the club waterfront).

The hatchery. (Out of bounds but a tour can be arranged with the caretaker Mr Johannes).

2. WATERS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS

EBENEZER DAM (stillwater) Trout (B/R) Bass (LM/SM), Red Breast Kurper, Blue Kurper, Vlei Kurper, Barbel, Carp.

Ebenezer Dam is open to the public and any legal method of angling is permitted. Boats and other watercraft are also permitted. It is not necessary to purchase HTA permits to fish this water. However, you may be required to purchase a Limpopo Angling Licence to fish the dam. Please note that you may only fish with fly and fly rod from within the club's premises, no bait or lures permitted.

Fly fishing in Ebenezer can be very rewarding from time to time, especially in the winter months leading up to the spawn as the big Trout migrate into the gullies looking for spawning beds. The waterfall from Stanford Lake, The "Gully" at the club and the Broederstroom where it enters Ebenezer below Haenrtsburg town can be very productive at these times.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking No
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DAP NAUDE DAM - (stillwater) Trout (B/R).

This is the jewel of the club's stillwaters, home of wild rainbows that breed in the upper reaches of the Broederstroom river that feeds the dam. Brown trout have been stocked and co-exist with the wild rainbows. 

The trout in this 28 hectare impoundment are a Scandinavian strain that were stocked in the streams decades ago. They are subtly patterned and display the most delicate colours. These wild fish seldom exceed 35 centimetres.

No boats or oars available at this water, please take your own.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking No
Date stocked   Occasionally stocked
Species stocked   Browns and Rainbows
Size of stockies  Mixed

STANFORD LAKE - (stillwater) Trout (B/R) Bass (LM), Vlei Kurper.

Two row boats and oars in the oar locker at the pump house. Your key will open the locks. An anchor is a helpful addition. There are some very large Black Bass in Stanford and if you do catch any, please remove them.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking Yes - Poppie
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LAKESIDE - (stillwater) Trout (B/R) Bass (LM), Vlei Kurper.

There are two access points to Lakeside, one at the College and the top access above above the cable. Please use your key to open the lock at the boom if you use the top access. If you use the top access, be careful if it rains, the access road can become very slippery. A 4 by 4 is essential when wet!

There are two row boats available at the top access, chained to the pine tree, oars locked in the oar locker. Your key will open the locks. An anchor is a helpful addition. There are some very large Black Bass in Lakeside and if you do catch any, please remove them.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking Yes - Poppie
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DIEPGELEGEN - (stillwater) Trout (B/R) Vlei Kurper, a small population of Bow Striped Barb at the outlet and in amongst the weeds. 

The evening rise on this water can be spectacular, make sure to have an assortment of dry flies. Caddis skated across the surface on a summer evening can make for a very satisfying conclusion to a good day's fishing.

PLEASE NOTE!  No wading, swimming or any form of watercraft on Diepgelegen. No picknicking or fires. Do not use the landowners lapa. You may use the jetty and the plank walkway through the swampy area at the back of the dam. If the rains come, you will need a 4 by 4 to get out of Diepgelegen.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking Yes - Poppie
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DODINGTONS WEIR - (stillwater) Trout (B/R) Bass (LM), Vlei Kurper.

Some very large Trout have come out of Dodingtons. You will need some form of watercraft to fish at Dodington's. Beware of the roads when it rains, 4 by 4 is recommended. Please remove any Black Bass that are caught.

This water is best fished off a float tube or a canoe.Two boats and oars are available at the venue opposite the parking spot near the weir, your key will unlock these.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking Yes - Poppie
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BELLERIEVE DAM - (stillwater) Trout (B/R) Bass (LM), Vlei Kurper, Bluegill.

The road to Bellerieve can be a challenge in the rainy season, a 4 by 4 is recommended. Please remove any Black Bass that are caught.

Availability Open                                                                       
Booking Yes - Poppie
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BRAMASOLE - (stillwater) Trout (B/R).

Availability Open                                                                     
Booking Yes - Poppie
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RONDEFONTEIN - (stillwater) Trout (B/R),Vlei Kurper..

Availability Closed                                                                    
Booking Yes - Poppie
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BLOEMTUIN - (stillwater) Trout (B/R)

Availability                             Closed, new water, access being established                                                                   
Booking Yes - Poppie
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BROEDERSTROOM - (stream) Trout (B/R).

The Broderstroom below Dap Naude Dam wall is home to small Brown and Rainbow Trout. The fish in the Broederstroom have adapted to a tough environment and are thriving and breeding. They are vulnerable and must please be treated with utmost care; barbless hooks, soft nets and minimal handling. No fish may be removed from the stream, catch and release only. Take out all rubbish. Beware of the roads when it rains, a 4 by 4 is recommended.

Availability                  Closed, out of season                                                                  
Booking No
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BERGPLAAS - (Letaba River) - Trout (B/R) Smallscalse Yellowfish, Largescale Yellowfish.

The river below Ebenezer Dam that flows through Bergplaas is the head of the Letaba River. The fishing can be very good. The Yellowfish were stocked many years ago, through the efforts of amongst others Zamps Zamparini and Paolo Cigana. These yellows readily take a fly.  Brown and Rainbow Trout are stocked periodically and have established themselves well. Please handle the fish with utmost care; barbless hooks, soft nets, catch and release, no fish to be removed from the river.

Availability                    Closed, out of season                                                                       
Booking Yes - Poppie
Date stocked    
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WINDMILL(Letaba River) - Trout (B/R) Smallscalse Yellowfish, Largescale Yellowfish.

Availability                         Closed, new water, access being established                                                    
Booking Yes - Poppie
Date stocked    
Species stocked    
Size of stockies