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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).

IRON CROWN CLUB BY-LAWS

  1. The hatchery and jetty are out of bounds at all times to unauthorised persons. The jetty is not to be used for fishing, swimming, sunbathing or boating. Boats are not permitted past the cable.

  2. Fly fishing is permitted in Ebenezer from the club premises. Bait or lure fishing can only take place outside the fenced boundaries of the club.

  3. Members are expected to keep the facilities clean and tidy at all times.

  4. Fires may only be made in the fire places provided.

  5. No loud music unless authorised by the committee.

  6. No dogs are allowed at the Iron Crown or at any waters controlled by the HTA.

  7. The Clubhouse is for the benefit of all members and shall not be used as sleeping quarters.

  8. The deep freeze is for preserving perishables. Liquor and cold drinks may not be placed in the freezer.

  9. Accommodittion  must be reserved through Poppie at 083 2901962 or poppiehta@gmail.com. Members who have booked accommodation  shall  have  prior  claim.  To  avoid  unpleasantness  please  do  not  use the accommodation without booking.

  10. Furniture allocated to each rondawel may not be removed without the permission of the Committee.

  11. Members shall be entitled to a maximum of four adult fishing guests (plus their direct family) at any one time. A member may apply to the Committee to bring a larger group to the club and to fish the waters.

  12. Members may book the whole club for occasions so long as the booking dates do not fall over holiday periods or weekends when the club has organized an event. Please contact Poppie for more details and rates.

  13. Non-members shall not be allowed to use the Iron Crown Club unless accompanied by a member.

  14. Members who do not take up bookings or who do not cancel bookings for accommodation in good time (at the latest the week before the first day of the reservation) and do not have a valid excuse as to why they can't take up the booking, may be liable to a fee of R350,00 per day, per unit, per booking.

  15. Members may launch power boats from the premises using the concrete slipway in front of the clubhouse. All power boats operating from the premises must have the necessary permits and licenses on hand as required by legislation to pilot and operate such vessels, these dosuments must available for verification. A launching fee must be paid to Johannes on arrival at the club. No power boating in the Gully. No water skiing off the perimeter of the club's premises. Please consider other members and their guests who may be staying at the club when using power boats.

  16. No cars, power boats, trailers or camping on the roadway in front of the club house unless authorised by the Committee.  There is parking behind the ablution block where the caravans are stored.

2. WATERS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS

EBENEZER DAM - STILLWATER

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Black Bass, Smallmouth Black Bass, 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 Limpopo Angling Licences 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.

DAP NAUDE DAM

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

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.

STANFORD LAKE - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouthg Black Bass, 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.

LAKESIDE - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouth Black Bass, Vlei Kurper (Banded Tilapia)

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.

DIEPGELEGEN - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Vlei Kurper (Banded Tilapia), 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.

DODINGTONS WEIR - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouth Black Bass.

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.

Two boats and oars are available at the venue opposite the parking spot near the weir, your key will unlock these.

This water is best fished off a float tube or a canoe.

BELLERIEVE DAM - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouth Black Bass, Bluegill, Vlei Kurper.

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.

BRAMASOLE - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

RONDEFONTEIN - STILLWATER

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Vlei Kurper.

BROEDERSTROOM - STREAM

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout.

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.

BERGPLAAS

Rainbow Trout, Brown trout, 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.

FISHING BY-LAWS

PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE, OUR FISH ARE TOO VALUABLE TO BE CAUGHT ONLY ONCE!

  1. There have been instances where a member has booked a venue, only to find another member present who has not booked the venue. This behavior is totally unacceptable and will result in a disciplinary hearing. All waters MUST be booked through Poppie at 083 2901962 or poppiehta@gmail.com. No exceptions will be made, if you are fishing a water and Poppie does not know about it you are deemed to be poaching. 

  2. Members must be in good standing before fishing on any water controlled by the HTA. i.e. Subscriptions are up to date, there is no pending disciplinary action against you etc. Members who are not in good standing may not, under any circumstances, fish waters or use any facilities under the jurisdiction of the HTA. 

  3. Members must have their membership cards on them at all times when fishing on HTA waters.

  4. Guests must be in possession of a valid, up to date permit, to fish with a member. No guests may fish alone on any water controlled by the HTA. Non-members found fishing without the required permits will be charged with poaching.

  5. A member may not have more than two fly fishing rods in hand when fishing any HTA water, only one of which may be used at a time.

  6. All members are expected to use artificial (non spinning) flies when angling for trout on HTA waters except on Stanford Lake where spinning tackle is allowed (see rule 11).

  7. Fishing on Ebenezer Dam is open to the public and fly, spinning and bait fishing is allowed. 

  8. Members fishing in the forestry areas must vacate the forests before dark.

  9. Season and bag limits: Stillwaters - two (2) Rainbow Trout per day unless otherwise specified at the venue. Streams and rivers - all fish to be returned, catch and release only. No Brown Trout may be kept from any waters. The rivers may be closed at certain times of the year to protect the spawning fish. The river above Dap Naude Dam, between the bridge and its source, is closed to fishing all year.

  10. Members may book a maximum of two (2) venues per day per member. 

  11. Stanford Lake; only members accompanied by their guests. Maximum of six(6) rods allowed at a time, one of which must be a member. Spinning tackle is allowed when members and their guests are targetting Largemouth Black Bass, no treble hooks, only single hooks.

  12. Lakeside; only members accompanied by their guests. Maximum of six (6) rods allowed at a time, one of which must be a member. Only fly fishing, no spinning.

  13. Rondefontein; only members accompanied by their guests. Maximum of six (6) rods allowed at a time, one of which must be a member. Only fly fishing, no spinning.

  14. Dap Naude; only members accompanied by their guests. Maximum of six (6) rods allowed at a time, one of which must be a member.

  15. All other venues; stillwaters and streams, only members accompanied by their guests. Maximum of three (3) rods allowed at a time, one of which must be a member.

  16. Fires and littering are not permitted in fishing areas. Fires may only be lit in official fire places.

  17. Dogs are not permitted in the fishing areas or at the Iron Crown Club.

  18. Angling in "The Gully" opposite the hatchery is restricted to fly fishing only. No motor boats allowed past the cable into "The Gully". A maximum of three (3) craft - canoes, float tubes, kayaks, kick boats, are allowed into "The Gully" at any one time.

  19. Row boats, canoes, kayaks and float tubes are allowed at the following venues: Dap Naude Dam, Stanford Lake, Lakeside, Rondefontein, Dodington's Weir.

  20. No boats or any watercraft allowed at Diepgelegen. Do not picnic or use the owner's lapa. you may only use the jetty. This is a sensitive venue.

  21. Club boats are used at "own risk". Motors may not be used on club boats except on the large aluminium boat at the club. Electric motors are permitted on Dap provided that they are not used for trolling.

  22. Members are encouraged to practice catch and release.

  23. Members are to please read the by-laws posted at the different venues as the committee does adjust rulings from time to time depending on circumstances and conditions.

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