Rietvlei Dam

by | Apr 17, 2022 | Public Venues, Venues

By Jan Louis Vewas

Rietvlei Dam is one of the biggest water reservoirs in Gauteng supplying most of Pretoria with water. The dam was built in 1932 and extended in the 1980’s to its current size it is today. It is situated inside the Rietvlei nature reserve which has its positives and negatives. Being inside a Nature Reserve there are no boats allowed on the water because of the resident crocodiles and hippos. The nature reserve also has some lovely chalets on the water which can be booked and perfect spots to fish from.

Rietvlei Dam is also Probably the dam that can be the most rewarding and most unforgiving venue in Gauteng. Where you can be fortunate to land a 40+ lb carp or go home empty handed. Clean and clear snaggy waters with heaps of features to target, from the island where carp patrol constantly to drop offs all the way to the other side of the dam (if your bait boat is able to go the distance)

Baits & Tackle

My recommendation is to be prepared with minimum 15lb line and decent 0.55mm snag leader of about 10m. Rietvlei always produces with high quality baits. Whether it be boilies, maize or Tigers. Dropping with a bait boat i would recommend filling the trays with particals and boilie mix. Hemp 10% Tigers 10% and maize 80% a hand full of freebie boilies. Fishing boilies however,

I would recommend a high quality fish meal bait like

Psycho original / Psycho Krill or any quality baits from Sticky, Dynamite or which ever brand you prefer.

I’ve always done well with a snowman presentation, a boilie of the above mentioned and a fruit flavoured popup like pineapple.

Fishing particles will never disappoint but you will be catching the smaller fish of the dam as well.

Distance: I would suggest 120m to 180m in summer months and 200m to 300m in winter. However I would suggest 200m + distances in summer when line pressure is a factor. My preference of swims is always as close as possible to the island as it’s a natural feature, but incase you don’t have the option always try and be to the left of Nash which is a swim just around the bend of the bank as you drive in. Another productive area (especially in the spring time) is the famous sloep which is an inlet right as you come into the gate . This area is good for shorter distance fishing especially if you prefer spodding and fishing without a bait boat. Distance in the sloep to go for is between 90m and 120m into the middle of the sloep.

To read more about Rietvlei check out these articles Rietvlei Sloep Stories part 2

For any info on Rietvlei Dam Angling area: 012 480 9944 / 012 480 9945


For current water levels click here 

Eugene Kruger

Eugene Kruger


Passionate and dedicated, Eugene is an avid specimen angler with an insatiable love for the pursuit of carp in the waters. Eugene doesn't just write about specimen angling; he lives and breathes it. His experiences on the water, coupled with an insatiable curiosity, make his insights invaluable to both seasoned anglers and those just dipping their toes into the world of carp fishing.

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