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Fishing on the Midlands Meander

The Midlands Meander is one of the most popular fishing destinations in the country; with some of the best landscape and fishing waters in South Africa. With the gentle tranquillity of the Midlands countryside calling and the opportunity to catch a trophy trout, outsmart a wily bass or engage the challenging indigenous yellowfish, what are you waiting for?

Picture secluded locations and breath-taking views while you cast into tranquil dams, swiftly flowing streams and tree-lined rivers to the accompaniment of birdsong and cattle lowing in the distance. Your only company are the cows and the birds – and that elusive fish. Or perhaps you’d prefer a relaxing day fishing trip with the whole family? We have it all.

There is a wide variety of fishing locations on the Meander, for the affordable day out to the luxurious weekend away at a country lodge. There’s fishing suitable for everyone, from the beginner to the most experienced. Whether it be rainbow or wild brown trout you are after or perhaps rather a small or largemouth bass? Or maybe their spotted cousin?

These establishments offer Fishing for day visitors:

  • Midmar Resort in Howick of the R103 offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. You can fish for Trout, Bass and Carp. There are lovely picnicking spots with braai facilities as well. Boating and sailing is also offered at the resort. There are also camping, caravanning and self-catering accommodation options available at the resort. 
  • Copperleigh Trout Cottages: R350pp. Bookings are essential. Bring your own fishing rod.
  • Troutbagger Farm

These establishments offer Fishing for guests only:

Did You Know?
Trout were introduced to South Africa at the start of the 20th Century, with brown trout imported from Scotland, followed a decade later by rainbow trout. The wily bass were imported here from the United States earlier than trout. They may be newcomers, but they have proved highly adaptable and thrive anywhere there is water – whether it is deep or shallow, muddy or clear. A challenge to outwit, bass make for delicious eating.

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