6 Child-Friendly Catch and Release Fishing Spots in Johannesburg

6 Child-Friendly Catch and Release Fishing Spots in Johannesburg

Things to do with Kids: Kid-Friendly Fishing Spots in Johannesburg 2019

My little brother has recently started a new hobby - fishing - and he is hooked (*cliched, I know, but I could not help myself*). My dad, who is not a great fisherman, has now had to learn to become one, as they spend most of their weekend's bonding next to a dam, fishing (catch and release). It's easy to see why they love this activity so much: they get to spend time outdoors, they get to spend one-on-one quality time together, they simply relax and have fun and, most importantly, C laughs at my dads jokes!

If you are planning a fishing holiday in the Western Cape, read 7 Child-friendly Catch and Release Fishing Spots in Cape Town.

Seeing as this is such a great father-son bonding opportunity, I thought I would share their favourite catch and release fishing spots in Johannesburg and surrounds:

1. Brookwood Estate, Krugersdorp

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Situated only one hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, next to the Blaauwbank River, Brookwood Estate offers five well-stocked dams with abundant Yellowfish found in the river. This peaceful venue also has great picnic facilities.

Location: R374, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp

Contact: http://www.brookwoodtroutfarm.co.za/

2. Footloose Trout Farm, Fourways

UPDATE: Closed - please do suggest another spot in comments to replace this one?

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This pristine fishing spot houses 13 dams, stocked with trout, and is situated on 10 hectares of beautiful outdoor space. Also a wonderful picnic spot.

Location: Located approximately 10km from Montecasino in Fourways

Contact: https://bit.ly/2OEAdPh

3. Rietvlei Zoo Farm, Mulbarton

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This family-friendly venue offers tonnes of family fun with shaded picnic and braai spots, a farmyard, pony rides, tractor rides, steam train rides, a mini zip-line, jungle gyms and, of course, fishing for Bass, Carp, Kurper and Barbel on a catch and release basis.

Location: 101 Swartkoppies Rd, Mulbarton, Johannesburg South

Contact: http://www.funfishing.co.za/

4. Blaauwpan Dam, Kempton Park

This tranquil catch and release fishing spot is a wonderful venue for a fun family excursion as it has a kids' play area, braai facilities and lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around in.

Location: 2 Mirabel St, Pomula Park Nature Reserve, Kempton Park

5. Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, Bronkhorstspruit

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This countryside retreat is an ideal family getaway location as it is not too far outside the city (only an hour's drive), offers self-catering accommodation and has a wide variety of fun activities (from fishing to mountain biking) available.

Location: R25, Bronkhorspruit, 1020

Contact: http://www.ezemvelo.co.za/

6. Stonecutters Lodge, Dullstroom

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Granted, this venue does not really fall within the 'Johannesburg and surrounds' criteria, but you cannot make up a fishing spots list and not include one of Johannesburg's favourite getaway fishing towns: Dullstroom.

Stonecutters Lodge offers a scenic country escape with a river running through it (think relaxing river-side walks with the kids) and a beautiful wetland area. They have self-catering accommodation available as well as two well-stocked trout dams and 3km's of river fishing. A guide can be hired to teach you and your family how to fly fish.

For more things to do with kids in this quaint town, read Weekend Getaway: Dullstroom.

Location: R540 (921.34 mi) Dullstroom 1120

Contact: http://www.stonecutters.co.za/

Have fun bonding as a family in the great outdoors!



Picture credit: individual venue websites


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A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveler always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and inspiration to those around her. Although she has based her career on sales and marketing, she studied politics, philosophy and economics. A passion for writing has led her to blog on Things to do with Kids and on her personal blog called ‘Sleepless in Jozi”, which is focused on life as a mommy, travelling and generally being a busy body. In her free time Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book and exploring new restaurants, markets and activities.

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