Roodekoppies Dam is a concrete gravity type dam located on the Crocodile River near Brits, North West, South Africa. It was established in 1986 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes and domestic and industrial use. Roodekoppies dam bass fishing has become very popular over the last few years, as has carp fishing.
Bass Fishing Roodekoppies Dam
This dam is tempremental and there are days you could win a tournament with three fish or other days where you need a 20lb+ bag. There are good fish in this dam, and as ugly a site it may look (given the influx from Harties), there is a relatively healthy ecosystem it seems.
The dam is full of great structure from grass, timber, rip-rap and rocks. As a bass angler you will not eb short of good targets, but some advice is to ensure you also pay attention and look for those areas not easily seen, and we refer to those often productive rocky outcrops and islands.
There are many variations of vegetation in this dam from Reeds to Snotebella, which has been key to many tournament wins in the past. The best advice for Roodekoppies dam bass fishing is if you find some good fish, stay put, there are more.
If you fish from Dennekruin Hengeloord, you will be on the Krokodilrivier section of the dam, which is the outflow from hartebeespoort dam. Heading in a SE direction you will generally find less boats and therefore less pressured fishing areas. If you use your electronics wisely, focusing off shore, there are multiple areas with large rock boulders and many a fish to be caught year-round. There are limited trees in this leg but don’t count them out as they have produced kickers over the years. Try all the way up to the bridge and also don’t rule out pitching the Snotabella especially if this pattern is running in other areas.
If you are new to this piece of water, the dam wall is a great area to start. When facing the wall, we would highly recommend the right side of the outlet as it forms a point off the riprap. If you follow the wall down in an Easterly direction you will come across some fish. Timing can be key, so don’t be scared to come back and check to see if the fish are on the bite. The rip rap at Roodekoppies creates a miniature ecosystem around the rocks and holds fish year-round.
Moving to the western side of the dam where the Gwatlhe river flows in, there are hundreds of trees in this area and rumor has it a few years back this is where tournaments were won. This leg has multiple bays filled with rock and timber but finding the channel close to the structure in and around these bays is key.
Rock is probably the most common of all the structure in the dam, with many visible rock boulders one can fish. The key to Roodekoppies is what lies hidden under the water – this is where down/side imaging and structure maps from http://fishtec.co.za/ are vital to finding these areas.
What Baits to use
Speaking to a former Southern Division champion, Dudley Fourie, we were lucky enough to get some info on some of his best baits for this piece of water.
Senko – Fished over the off-shore rock piles and on the dam wall’s rip rap, a weightless senko is a great finesse approach when there’s a lot of pressure. Try a cheeky nail weight in the tail for a slightly different approach.
Squarebill – My favorite bait for this venue during the summer months and produced a 22lb bag a few years back when I was still in SA, targeting shallow rock in the Dennekruin leg and making sure to bump the rock was key to triggering those bites!
Crankbait – Cranks have been a game changer over the last few years at this venue and produce great catches in the summer months. Baits with a smaller body profile have caught more fish and given me great confidence at this venue over the years.
Football Jig – When looking for that big fish this is a great bait to use on and around the off-shore rock.
Mojo rigged fluke – I always have a light mojo weighted fluke tied on for around the rock, this is always a great choice. Try the Roodekoppies Special, a custom bait only made by Bassinc.
Spinnerbaits – These are a great way to cover water and target the vast flooded timber in the western leg bays as well the Snotebella when present.
Jerkbaits – I mostly use these baits around the spawning time of year and have teased many a bass into eat during this time of year.
If all else fails, alternate between sizes and try stick to your natural colors you can’t go wrong.
How to get there
From Johannesburg, you want to take the R511 or R512 past Hartebeespoort dam. Travel on towards Brits and drive through the town to continue on the R511. Around 24km passed Brits you will notice the dam on the left. Approximately 1.9km after the Kameeldrift turnoff (left) you will reach the Dennekruin Hengeloord turnoff to your left. You will need to cross over the railway when you turnoff the R511.
Depending on the latest social media reports you could be the only boat on the water so keep an eye on the water level and your charts.
Be aware of the train tracks, this is an active railway.
There are crocs so please take care with kids and standing near the water.
There have been a number of incidents of theft around the dam so we suggest you camp in numbers and speak to your local bass club regarding the security situation.
Good luck and tight lines.