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Largemouth Yellowfish | Popular in the Orange River

The largemouth yellowfish is a freshwater fish that is found in the Orange River in Southern Africa. Also known by the name of “Vaal-Orange largemouth yellowfish”, this fish is found in the Orange and Vaal River (as well as in their large tributaries) and is a popular game fish due to their slight challenge to catch. These fish are exciting to spot, no matter the intention of your fishing trip.

Large freshwater barb fish are only found in South Africa and are a truly sought-after breed! This predator is indigenous in the Orange River region and is a feat to catch.

Name of Angler: Arnulf Todtenhofer

Weight of Fish: 9.8Kg
Name of Angler: Richard Nischk

Weight of Fish: 11.2Kg
Name of Angler: Zario Steyn

Weight of Fish: 8.2Kg
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Tips for catching largemouth yellowfish

Largemouth yellowfish are a great fish to target whether you’re a novice angler or a seasoned pro. If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding fishing trip, these fish would be an excellent catch. With a little preparation and knowledge, you’re sure to have a great time out on the water. Here are some tips to remember for catching these fish:

  • These fish will be spotted in the deeper, slow-moving areas of the river.
  • They tend to congregate around structures such as logs, rocks, and vegetation.
  • Largemouth yellowfish are most active in the early morning and late evening.
  • The use of live bait will increase your chances of a successful catch, this could include large insects.

For those who intend to sport fly fishing, we recommend a 7 or 8wt rod and reel and a sinking line. A big fly will be best for imitating small bait fish or river crabs. For individuals who intend to fish conventionally, a 6 or 7 ft rod and deep diving artificial lure should do the trick. Rubber grubs or a bigger sinker with corn or bread dough can be used as bait.

Time to plan a fishing trip on the Orange River

The Orange River offers various indigenous fish, making it a wonderful location for your next fishing trip. Our accommodation offers a true ‘under the stars’ experience for those who wish to enjoy it this way, with breathtaking scenery, calming waters and plenty else to explore.

Our trip prices include:

  • Guiding
  • Meals
  • Rafting equipment
  • Park entrance fees

We are experienced in catching fish in this region and can provide expert guidance on where to look and how to find the best! If you are interested in booking a memorable fishing trip along the Orange River, be sure to reach out to our team.

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