Voelvlei Dam

Voƫlvlei Dam

This is an excellent Smallmouth Bass fishing venue in the Western Cape.

Voelvlei is about the same size as Hartbeespoort Dam and situated just off the R44 between Tulbagh and Hermon only an hour from Cape Town (100km north on the R44). It is a large reservoir which supplies drinking water to Cape Town and several other towns, therefore petrol motors are not allowed.

Surrounding scenery is beautiful.

As at most Western Cape venues, the wind can come up rather suddenly so make sure your craft is seaworthy as you will only be able to depend on human or electric power!

The water is usually slightly stained and there is not much visible structure. The inlet canals near the wall, the rip-rap of the Dam wall itself and "Monster Bay" at the far end of the dam near the bluegum plantation, are recognised Bass hotspots. 

A variety of lures, including in-line spinners, crankbaits, jigs and soft plastics are productive.

Apart from Smallmouth Bass there are carp, some tench, rainbow trout and Cape witvis (Barbus andrewi). The average size of Smallmouth range from 500g - 1,5kg. 2kg Smallies are a distinct possiblity at this venue. Please practise "catch and release" with all fish except the carp!

How to get there

Take the N1 out of Cape Town and travel north (Paarl). Take the Klapmuts turnoff onto the R44 towards Wellington. This road passes through the fringe of Wellington and about 30km after Wellington, you will see Voelvlei. The Dam is situated between Hermon and Gouda some 100km from Cape Town.


Western Cape, 6km South of Gouda. GPS: -33.8371353, 18.4924812