On Sunday I took the woman up Paarl Mtn for a picnic, and went to check out the dams. They are looking good at the moment, very full, nice and clear water, some structures for hiding etc. Also quite a few fingerlings in the water - was unable to successfully identify the smaller ones as they were too far away, but I did see some 150mm bass swimming around. Usually if there are smaller ones then the big fish are around.
The road up the mountain is in its usual poor state although the road up opposite KWV is much better than the Northern Paarl side. You didn't need a 4times4 to get in or to the dams - but a more rugged vehicle is recommended if you want to explore the other roads in the reserve.
The yearly fishing permit costs I think R33, and for the two of us to enter in the vehicle was R32.50 for the day. In summer months the gates open at 7am and close 7pm. Apart from the occasional car/bakkie driving past it was magnificient up there - no noise just nature.