The Breede is renowned as the best estuary fishing location in the country. Tidal action reaches 55km upstream and kabeljou, grunter, leervis, steenbra and many other sought-after sea fish are caught here.
Please note that this area is part of the Lower Breede River Conservancy (LBRC). Rangers regularly patrol the river to ensure people keep to the regulations. Please ensure that you obtain a Permit if fishing is part of your Holiday activities. This can be purchased from you nearest Post Office.
Common names, Fish sizes, Bag limits and additional information:
Galjoen: minimum size: 35cm and bag limit: 2.
Closed season for Galjoen: 15 Oct – last day of February (next year)
Garrick (Leervis): minimum size: 70cm and bag limit: 2.
Grunter: minimum size: 40cm and bag limit: 5.
Kob: (in estuaries and from shore) minimum size: 60cm and bag limit: 1. (East of Agulhas)
Kob: (from boat at sea) minimum size: 50cm and bag limit: 5, but only 1 Kob per person, exceeding 110cm per day.
White Mussel Cracker: minimum size: 60cm and bag limit: 2.
Poenskop: minimum size: 50cm and bag limit: 1.
Santer: minimum size: 30cm and bag limit: 5.
Red Stumpnose (Miss Lucy): minimum size: 30cm and bag limit: 1.
Cape Stumpnose: minimum size: 20cm and bag limit: 5.
Red Roman: minimum size: 30cm and bag limit: 2.
Shad (Elf): minimum size: 30cm and bag limit: 4.
Closed season for Shad (Elf): 1 October – 30 November.
White Steenbras: minimum size: 60cm and bag limit: 1.
Black Tale (Dassie): minimum size: 20cm and bag limit: 5.
PLEASE NOTE this is just a guideline and may change; please ensure that you do have the right regulations before you go fishing. Please see link below for the Lower Breede River Concervancy website.
It is also knows as a bird-watching paradise and over 200 species have been recorded. The river naturally attracts fish-eating birds like the majestic fish eagle, osprey, fishing owl and kingfisher. The whole area is home to an amazing wealth of birdlife.
It is also an important breeding ground for rare birds and home to the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird.