BIG BASS

The definitive South African trophy Bass fishing site

 

MAGUGA DAM

About the Dam

Maguga Dam is situated on the Komati River, about 12 km south of Pigg's Peak in the mountainous area of western Swaziland.

 

The dam wall is South Africa's highest clay-core rockfill dam (115m high and 750m long) with a storage capacity of 332 million cubic metres. The dam was designed to be deep with a relatively small surface area to minimise evaporation. Construction took place in 2002, but the dam only filled to capacity around 2006.

 

 

(Photos by Bob Forrester)

 

 

Maguga Dam is home to Largemouth Bass (Northerns, Florida strain and "hybrids"). Fish from 2 - 3kg have been caught regularly. Notable catches on 7 August 2007 were Bass of 5,125kg (Wimpie Bouwer) and 4,990kg (David Lourens). Needless to say, much is expected in future!

"It all started with the 'old' record caught at Maguga Dam in the northern reaches of Swaziland , that was held by Ed Boxhall Smith - a fish of 4,350kg caught in 2003.

When the Zone 6 International Artificial Lure Angling Tournament between Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland started on 7 August 2007 expectations were high and excitement evident on the faces of all the anglers. The first practice day revealed some nesting sites of the Largemouth Black Bass and the Swaziland Presidents team proceeded to work the area. Wimpie Bouwer hooked and landed the new record fish early that first morning, it weighed in at 5,125kg and set the new Swaziland Record - well done Wimpie! The second LARGE fish was caught by David Lourens also of the Swaziland Presidents Team and it weighed in at 4,990kg.

The South African Junior Artificial Lure Angling team showed us that they know how to catch Bass and weighed more than four fish over the 4kg mark with several others weighing fish in the 3kg range, all improving their individual PB's on several occasions ..."

says Derek Hopf a well-known Swaziland Basser.
derekhopf@architectsinternational.co.sz

+268 404 2482 office
+268 602 0590

 

Other fish species present are: Catfish, Eel, Carp, Blue Kurper, Vlei Kurper, Dwarf Kurper, Large Scale Yellowfish, Small Scale Yellowfish, Dwarf Tigerfish, Minnows and Mosquito Fish.

 

 

Licenses and access

No info available.

 

 

How to get there

The Dam is situated about 12 km south of the town of Pigg's Peak, Swaziland.

 

 

Map of the Dam

No map as yet.

 

 

Accommodation

1. Maguga Lodge: www.magugalodge.com; debbieh@magugalodge.com

 

2. Sobantu Farm: www.swaziplace.com/sobantu/

 

 

Other useful Maguga links

None so far ...

 

 

Maguga photos and catches

 

Wimpie Bouwer with his 5,125kg (11.28lb) Swaziland Record and Maguga Lake Record Bass taken on 7 August 2007

 

Greg Welman displays a 4,35kg (9.57lb) Bass taken on 8 July 2008 at Maguga on a DD22 Lavender Shad crankbait in 8' of water off a rocky point on a steep dropoff


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