About the Dam
Chicamba Dam, also
known as Lake
is situated inside Mozambique in the Manica Province
near the Machipanda Border Post (formerly Mutare
Border Post) on the Zimbabwe/ Mozambique border.
The Chicamba dam wall
was completed in 1968 on the Revué river (the major
tributary of the Buzi river) before Mozambican
independence to provide hydro-electric power, with
the lake filling for the first time in the early
1970's. The full capacity of the lake which has a
surface area of approximately 160 square km, is two
billion cubic meters. Chicamba has lots of
structure: inlets, coves, river lines, granite
koppies, standing timber, grassy shorelines.
The following fish
species are present: Florida strain Largemouth Bass,
Carp, Catfish, Bream (Oreochromis niloticus,
Oreochromis mossambicus and Tilapia rendalli), two types of
yellowfish (Barbus) and the red-eyed mudfish
(Labeo cylindricus). The Common Carp and the
Nile Bream (Orecochromis niloticus) probably
found their way into the dam from the Chizzizira
Fish Farm hatchery situated near the town of Chimoio.
The Bass probably originated from Zimbabwe (rivers,
farmers, Bass anglers ...)
The local fishermen
target these fish (including the Bass!) by using
four principal methods: gill netting, seine netting,
hook and line fishing and trapping. To read more
about this, click
As far as I could
ascertain, no angling license is needed.
Probably the best area
to access the water would be at
Casa Msika on the shoreline of the Dam.
How to get
All I know is that
Casa Msika is approximately 40 Km’s from the
Machipanda Border Post on the Zimbabwe/ Mozambican
border. If anyone has proper
Map of the Dam
If anyone has a map,
Casa Msika would be the venue of choice - it
is also the only venue!
Click on the link,
e-mail the owner,
Pip Thornycroft, write care of PO Box 1370,
Mutare, Zimbabwe, or try these telephone numbers:
(092)58-512-2675 or (092)58-332-2796 and these fax
numbers: (092)58-512-2701 or (092)58-332-4589.
facilities (rondavels and camping sites) are
apparently quite good and cheap! There is a
restaurant and bar on site or you can self-cater.
Apparently the water is not drinkable, so you have
to bring your own or buy bottled mineral water.
over Chicamba Dam from Casa Msika's
photos and catches
J Mauvis with a brace of Bass
weighing in at 5,7kg (12.54lb) and 4,9kg
(10.78lb), caught on plastic worm and spinnerbait in
early 2003 ...
Marius van der Merwe was at Chicamba
in late November 2007 and managed to boat this Bass
weighing in at 4,6kg (10.12lb) and 70cm in
length. The Bass was rather lean and would have
weighed more if it was well-fed.
reports that his Bass was caught in 20ft of water in
the river channel at around
16h00 on 26 November 2007. The lure was a
Yamamoto 8 inch grub in watermelon seed colour.
In general, all the fish taken on the trip seemed to
favour big baits - "dead sticking" the largest size
Senkos and the larger "Zim flukes"
triggered a lot of bites ...
Justy Varkevisser, displays a 6,14kg
(13lb8oz) Chicamba Bass taken sometime in 2007/
2008. He caught an 11lber (5kg) on the same
trip. No further details are available.
(unconfirmed by photos) of two 15lb (6,82kg)
and one 17lb (7,73kg) Bass surfaced in
2007 (apparently caught by a Zimbabwean Basser known
as "Zimbo" Clint) in just two
trips to Chicamba!
See entries on Forum
If 5kg plus Bass were
caught in 2003, it is plausible that Bass of 7kg
plus could be present by 2007/ 2008, given the size of the
water and the abundance of fodder fish (although
there is reportedly netting - especially of bream -
being practiced by the locals on a large scale ...)