Freshwater fishing is an extremely popular pastime in our province, with both alien and indigenous fish species being caught. Popular alien angling fishes include Carp, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout and Mozambique Tilapia. Valued indigenous angling species include Clanwilliam Yellowfish and Berg-Breede Whitefish. These fishes can be identified in A Complete Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa by Paul Skelton.
It is a requirement of the Western Cape Nature Conservation Ordinance that freshwater anglers over the age of six-years-old are required to have an angling licence to fish public waters. Public waters comprise rivers and state dams (e.g. Theewaterskloof dam, Clanwilliam dam), but not privately owned farm dams where no licence is required.
Download the Application for a Angling Licence by clicking here (a word document will open in a new tab)
Below you will find a list of good, accessible angling waters within 150 km of Cape Town, and their most commonly caught species.
To guide anglers, and encourage a culture of environmentally responsible recreational angling, a Code of Practice has been developed and is available to view or download on the image below.
General Conservation Tips
Where to apply
CapeNature Head Office: 087 087 9262
Head Office contact numbers for permits information: 087 087 4088 or email:
Danelle Kleinhans: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlo Arendorf: email@example.com
Fadwa Arnold: firstname.lastname@example.org
12 months from date of issue
Why must I have a permit?
In terms of section 53 of the Ordinance no person may fish in any inland waters without an angling licence.
Download: Freshwater Fish Permit Application Form
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