Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini)

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Location:
Pongola, Province of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa South Africa
Coordinates:
-27.4108, 31.9592
Distance:
0.0 Miles
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About Lake Jozini

Lake Jozini, also known as Pongolapoort Dam is situated in the North Eastern corner of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, near the towns of Pongola and Jozini, bordered by the Phongola Game Reserve, and several other Game Reserves and the Lebombo Mountains. Lake Jozini is fed by the Pongola River and is South Africa’s premier Tiger Fish destination.

Lake Jozini is the most southern lake and river system in Africa where Tiger Fish occur. The main target species here are the Tiger Fish which can get up to 8.5Kgs (18.7lbs) for the large Tiger Fish specimens, there are many Tiger Fish in the 900gr (2lb) range with the average Tiger fish being caught in the 1 - 4Kg (2.2-8.8lb) range, and specimens in the 5Kg (11lb) range are sometimes caught. There are also 27 other recorded fish species in Lake Jozini.

Sunset on Lake Jozini in the River Section

Lake Jozini and the whole Maputuland area is just one of those places where you can get back to your roots in Africa, unwind and refresh yourself. The area around the lake is magnificent and naturally wild and you are able to view many species of Birds and Game whilst fishing.

Whilst fishing here on the boat I have viewed Elephants, Giraffes, many species of Buck, Zebra, Rhino, Hippopotamus, Buffalo, Crocodiles, Large Iguana, many Bird species and much more, and to do this from an open boat on the water is the best way.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Power Boats Allowed, Shore fishing access, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Fishing Reports

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 11.27.13

Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip, end November 2013   I drove up to Jozini in the rain yet again, met my clients and we started with and afternoon session, the wind picked up by late afternoon and we only managed 2 Tiger Fish for the session. Thursday was wet and windy and we only found a window of 4 hrs to fish that day, we got our first Tiger on fly and another one. Friday was an awesome day, the weather played along and the fish were biting, we stayed out the whole day to m...

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 11.18.13

Jozini Tiger Fishing Trip – Mid November 2013   We left Durban in the early hours of the morning in heavy rain to make our way up to Jozini, and when we got there it was still raining, but at least not heavy like the rain we picked up on the road, we started setting up the campsite in the rain and by the time we had completed the rain had gone and the sun was out, from there on we had mostly blue skies and hot weather over 36deg.C with exception for 1 day which was a litt...

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 09.21.13

On the way up I struggled for fuel as all the garages I went to were closed due to the strike, I eventually got fuel and it seem that this fuel was dirty as I was plagued with dirty fuel problems all the way up and back. Once home I had to replace all fuel lines, fuel pump and filter, wash out my fuel tank and clean my carburettors. I also arrived late for our 1st fishing session. On Friday it was stinking hot and over 40deg.C with a very strong NE wind, we managed 5 fish nothing big. F...

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 08.18.13

Drove up on Monday to Jozini for a Tiger fishing trip, the water is still very cold but crystal clear and the dam is almost 100% full. Early mornings were very cold but the days were hot, on Monday the wind was howling first NE and the SW, Tuesday was a spectacular day, Wednesday morning was stunning but the afternoon was terrible with a massive SW wind blowing causing very large waves.   Fishing was very hard and over the 2 days I think we only got about 10 fish in total,...

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 03.21.12

Greetings,   The season is just a few months away, start planning and booking your trip.   Please visit our website – www.adventurefishing.co.za   All our Tiger Fishing is done with artificial lures (Spinning) and Fly Fishing. All our Tiger Fishing is for sport and strictly Catch, Photo, Release (CPR)   Our Lake Jozini Tiger Fish Safari’s   We only offer our packages in the best season to ta...
Nikao Fishing Adventures Mike Laubscher
over 3 years ago (03/16/2011)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 03.16.11

After some trailer problems we eventually got to the Pongola Nature Reserve and set up camp. I love this place and it is like a little piece of heaven, but boy o boy was it hot as hell with temperatures reaching 49deg. C. You cannot cool down, everything melts and the heat from the ground is slowly cooking you and there was no wind to speak of making it virtually unbearable. Even at 23h00 at night when it cooled down to about 39 deg. C it was still unbearable and I simply could not bear being...
Nikao Fishing Adventures Mike Laubscher
over 3 years ago (11/24/2010)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 11.24.10

Spent the weekend camping at Lake Jozini and hunting Tiger Fish, I really enjoyed the trip, along with some good company and story telling. It was nice to take guys from the same generation who grew up and partied in the same places as me when we were teenagers.     During the days the wind blew although it was mostly calm early morning, the evenings were simply stunning and windless and the clouds cleared giving us starry nights under the full moon, during the day it was overc...
Nikao Fishing Adventures Mike Laubscher
almost 4 years ago (10/07/2010)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.07.10

Day 1     We only got going at around 16h00 and it was a hot day with the thermometer almost at 40 deg. C, the water was a little cold at 21.5 deg. C.   The session was short and basically everyone was learning the ropes on the lure casting retrieval techniques.   We got smashed by only one Tiger who destroyed the lure and tied us up in the weed beds.   Day 2   We were on the water by 05h30 for our morning session and there was a stiff NE win...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
over 4 years ago (05/18/2010)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 05.18.10

Tiger Fish Fishing at Lake Jozini also known as Pongolapoort Dam with Nikao Fishing Adventures.     Targeting these magnificent Tiger fish on Lake Jozini is awsome fun, and you get to see the stunning nature and wild life whilst you fish.   www.youtube.com/watch     Nikao Fishing Adventures Mike Laubscher   076 2999 445 (Int. +27)   PO Box 1220, Hillcrest, 3650, South Africa catchmorefish@fishingadventures.co.za www.fishingadven...
Nikao Fishing Adventures Mike Laubscher
over 4 years ago (05/12/2010)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 05.12.10

We did 2 trips of 3 days at Lake Jozini and the water was mostly dirty, we did however get some Tiger Fish mostly in the 0.5— 1.5Kg area and also a really nice one.         The highlight for me was to observe an Osprey Eagle catching a Tiger Fish, not once but twice.       The best season for Tiger fish is coming up from the end of August until End November       CHILDRENS FISHING     I had the pleasur...
Nikao Fishing Adventures Mike Laubscher
over 4 years ago (04/26/2010)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 04.26.10

I did two three day trips to Jozini during April.     On the 1st trip the water was turbid but not to bad, we got most of our fish in the river section on Top Water and whilst we landed quite a few fish in the 1-1.5Kg area and many smaller ones, we lost a huge amount of fish as nearly all the fish we hooked up ran straight for the boat and then under, twice I hooked into fish of over 5Kg but lost them, 1 in the Gorge on Drop Shot and 1 in the River on Top Water.   On t...
Mike Laubscher Nikao Fishing Adventures
over 4 years ago (01/21/2010)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 01.21.10

Hi Everyone,   The waters at Lake Jozini are clearing up nicely after the rainy season and the water levels are up.   February to May is promising to be a really good season for Tiger Fishing.   We can assist you with accommodation bookings at no extra charge from Campsites, to Self Catering, To Bed & Breakfasts and even the luxury Shayamoya Game Lodge.   We are able to accommodate a maximum of 4 anglers on our boat, and our best trips are the 3 day and...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (11/09/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 11.09.09

Big Tiger on Drop Shot in Short time at Lake Jozini – 08/11/09 I met my US clients at Pongola, and then we headed to Lake Jozini for some Tiger fishing. It was a hot day of around 38 deg. C, the skies were clear and the NE wind was pumping. Water surface temperature averaged around 24 deg. C. We launched at 10h30 and the guys wanted to be back at around 14h30. The water in the river section was chocolate brown and so it was decided to take the 20km ride to the Gorge to get cleaner wa...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/26/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.26.09

Jozini Tigers are Tough – 24/10/09 We left Shayamoya at around 04h50 with our breakfast packs and went down to launch the boat, The wind was already starting to blow and it was still from the NE, the water surface temperature was still averaging around 22 deg. C. The water was even more discoloured that the previous day and so I realised that we had another tough day ahead of us, it was a sunny and very hot day which went up to around 34 deg. C. We fished until 13h00. I decided to use...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/26/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.26.09

Wind, Waves and Tigers at Jozini – 23/10/09 I met my guests at Shayamoya Game Lodge at around 09h30, and whilst having some coffee on the deck I was looking over Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) and saw that all the recent rains had brought muddy water from the Pongola River into the dam and the water was badly stained. To add to this they where also letting water out of the system and this created a current spreading the stained water throughout most of the dam. This has got to be one o...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/19/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.19.09

Surface Fishing for Tigers in the Weed Beds – 18-10-09 We got down to the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) entrance at around 04h55, as this was our last day we wanted to start early as we all had to drive home later. The gate guard was not there and arrived late at around 05h15, which is frustrating. Whilst driving down to the slipway we were treated to some game viewing with Giraffes, Wildebeest, Springbok and Nyala all making an appearance, and near the slipway there was a herd of Bla...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/19/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.19.09

Hot Tiger Fishing at Lake Jozini - 15-10-09 On my way to the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) slipway whilst driving through the reserve area I cam across a bunch of Giraffes and a herd of Wildebeest, I then met my guests at the slipway at around 14h00, and it was a blistering hot afternoon. We then launched the boat and proceeded along the Pongola river section up to the train bridge. On the way we saw a huge crocodile walking on the bank towards the water, and we stopped and watched him for...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/19/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.19.09

Jozini Tiger Fish caught in Shallow Weed Beds – 16-10-09 We launched at Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) at 05h00 and took the 20Km (1.5Mi) trip to the Gorge, it was sunny already by the slipway, but at the gorge there was a very thick mist that made us wet and we could not even see the Lebombo mountain tops, the water was crystal clear and we could see the bottom at around 5m (16ft). There was a wind blowing down the gorge and the water surface temperature was averaging at around 22 deg...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/19/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.19.09

Jozini Tiger Fish taking Surface Lures – 17-10-09 We waited for the rain to clear and only launched at around 08h30, it was overcast and there was a light SW wind blowing, the water temperature was still averaging around 23 deg. C. The conditions were mild and it was a really pleasant day. We had thought that the Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) water might be dirty as the Pongola River was a mud colour, but the water was still crystal clear.   We started fishing in the river se...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/09/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.09.09

Tiger Fishing in the Wind at Lake Jozini – 08/10/09 Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) for a morning of Tiger Fishing. We launched at Nkonkoni at around 05h30. When we got going with the boat there was a mother Hippo and here baby nearby, and she came and tried to chase us away even though we were some distance away she was not happy. There was a stiff SW wind blowing and the water temperature was around 22 deg. C. We started out on the we...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/09/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.09.09

Tiger Fish in Deeper Water at Lake Jozini Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) for a morning of Tiger Fishing on Drop Shot lures. We stayed at Umziki Chalets, which is a lovely self catering facility.  It was a stunning morning with very little wind and the water surface temperature was around 23 deg. C. We launched at Nkonkoni 06h00 and headed straight to the gorge, which is a place of magnificent beauty to find Tiger Fish. We managed to l...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/09/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.09.09

Tiger Fishing at Lake Jozini Nikao Fishing Adventures spent an afternoon on the southern side Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) scouting the dam to see where the Tiger Fish where active. Launching from Nkonkoni at about 14h00 there was a stiff NE breeze and the water surface temperature was averaging at around 23 deg. C. the water was slightly turbid. The first waters to be tested where the weed beds on the western shores and there was very little Tiger Fish activity, and then the next target...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (10/09/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 10.09.09

Targeting Tiger Fish on Drop Shot Lures and Fly Fishing Nikao Fishing Adventures took some guests out on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam) to chase tiger fish on artificial lures and on fly. We launched at Golela at 05h00 and fished until 18h30. There was a stiff NE breeze blowing and the water was clear the water surface temperature was around 23 deg. C. In the afternoon the wind died down and it was a really stunning afternoon with a beautiful sunset. It got very hot that day We targeted the...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (09/25/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 09.25.09

Tiger Fish on Top Water at Lake Jozini – 22-23/09/09 Nikao Fishing Adventures went up to Lake Jozini also known as Pongolapoort Dam to scout the dam and then for some Tiger Fish fishing with 2 clients from the USA.   I love Jozini and the whole Maputuland area;  it is one of those places where you can get back to your roots in Africa and just replenish yourself. With the lake surrounded by Game Reserves you can get in a good days fishing, whilst watching some game in f...
Nikao Fishing Adventures
almost 5 years ago (09/08/2009)

Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) Fishing Report 09.08.09

Nikao Fishing Adventures took 2 clients from USA out for a day of Tiger Fish fishing at Lake Jozini also known as Pongolapoort Dam. The weather was superb, and the water temperature was warm, the water was slightly stained. We decided to target the Tiger Fish on a new method of artificial lures using soft plastics, and jig heads like they do for saltwater dropshot. The Tiger Fish were taking on Greens and Yellows and in the end we landed 9 fish all between 2Kg and 3.5Kg, and so the new drop...

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Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

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