Sport fishing in Uganda : Sport Fishing in Uganda is not well distributed by the government despite having many water bodies. In fact, water covers about 25% of Uganda. Uganda has the largest lake in Africa. It is called Lake Victoria. The longest river in the world, the Nile, starts in Uganda. Lakes like George, Edward, Albert, and Kyoga are also found in Uganda. All these water bodies offer excellent possibilities for sport fishing. Some of the best fishermen in the world have fished in Uganda.

There are more than 350 kinds of fish in Uganda. The two major species caught for commercial purposes are the Tilapia and Nile Perch. Protoperus, Rastrinabola, lung fish, and cat fish are the other types of fish. The Nile perch is probably the biggest fish you can catch in Uganda. They can be heavier than 220 kilograms. They were brought to Uganda in the early 1800s, and now they rule the seas there. On fishing safari in Uganda, the small tiger fish is often used as bait to catch the Nile Perch. The Tiger fish is very strong and has sharp teeth and hard lips. Its colours are like the rainbow.  Lung fish and Tilapia are two other big fish in Uganda. The most common fish eaten in Ugandan homes is tilapia, but the small silver fish is getting more popular because it is healthy.

Since the early 1990s, sport fishing safari has become one of the most popular activity to do in Uganda. The people who live there and the middle class in Uganda haven’t really gotten into this amazing exercise. Sport fishing safari is a great way for friends or family to spend time together. Fishing is a sport that anyone can do, even if they have never done it before. Most of the time, all you need to do to learn how to fish is hang out with people who know what they’re doing.

As we’ll find out later, River Nile and Lake Victoria are two of the best safari destinations to fish in Uganda. The best way to catch Nile Perch, Tilapia, and Tiger fish in these two well-known bodies of water is to cast hooks or use live baits. When you go fishing safari in Uganda, you can see the famous animals of Africa and the beautiful scenery. The fact that dangerous animals like crocodiles might be around makes the trips even more exciting and risky. But safety is crucial and in most cases anglers are escorted by armed rangers from the park offices just in case you encounter hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes or elephants. Anglers do not go near crocodile infested sections of the lakes or rivers.

Sport fishing safari usually takes place over a few days, so you need to be really interested in the sport and, of course, be fit and patient. Fishing gear including powerful speed boats can be hired out by companies or hotels.

Best place for sport fishing in Uganda.

Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria: Although one of the best things to do in Entebbe is fishing, the nearby Ssese Islands are a better safari destination. To get to Sesse Islands, you have to take the ferry from the Entebbe landing spot at Nakiwogo to the island of Kalangala. There are about 84 Ssese Islands, and all of them are great places to fish. Many of the best places to fish in Uganda are untouched and rarely explored. Lake Victoria is open all year for fishing, but the best time for sport fishing is between October and March. To go to the different islands in the Lake, you need a fast boat. The hotels in Kampala and Entebbe have the boats including experienced anglers to accompany you to the best fishing spots.

Equipment can be given, but you should bring your own if you can. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can fish in Lake Victoria. During the wet season, the lake can become very calm and clear, making it easier to catch tilapia. During the dry season, there are enormous waves in the lake which can affect the activity. When this happens, the protected bay is the best place to fish. Night fishing trips can be scheduled in Lake Victoria but it is not recommended to avoid fishing during the full moon. You can start fishing on Lake Victoria from Munyonyo in Kampala or around the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Zoo) in Entebbe. As was already said, trolling with lures is the most popular way to fish in Lake Victoria. Tilapia can be caught by the fly fishing method.

Murchison falls National Park.

This park is about 340 km away from the city of Kampala. You can drive to the park or catch a bumpy flight from Entebbe International Airport. The best fishing spots in Uganda to an Air Field in the park. The river Nile flows through the middle of the park on its way to South Sudan, where it forms the Murchison and Karuma waterfalls. The more beautiful of the two waterfalls in the park is the Murchison falls. This Murchison Falls form when the Nile water squeezes through two rocks before exploding 40 meters down in a mighty fall. If you want to fish in Uganda, the Murchison Falls National Park is a great place to go. The turbulent falls have a lot of air, which is why they are full of big Nile perch, some of which weigh more than 90 Kilograms. The 108-kilogram fish was the biggest ever seen. A part of the river Nile that flows through the park is home to Tilapia, catfish, Tiger fish (Awaka), barbell, Tilapia, fierce fighter, Angara, and yellow fish, among other species. Most fishing safari is done by boat along the riverbanks, but fishermen can also walk to the bottom of waterfalls to cast their lines.

In Murchison Falls National Park, Paara and Chobe are the two lodges that run sport fishing safaris. At the bottom of the falls is the best place to fish.

If you don’t want to be right next to the falls, you can stand on the rocks at the quiet part of the river (downstream) and cast your line into the deep water. Downstream, there are also a few calm ponds that are separated from the main river and should be thought about. Large Nile Perch, Tilapia, and big cat fish live in the pools. If you want to learn more, you can take a boat downstream to the Albert Nile and go fishing there. You could even go all the way up to Adjumani and Moyo where you will be searching specifically for the angara. Angara is an absolute favorite of the people in Moyo and Adjumani.

Sport fishing in Uganda
Sport fishing in Uganda

Sport fishing safari in Murchison Falls National Park is guided by a policy of catch and release. The best reward is holding a 100-kilogram Nile perch close to your chest or boat and taking some amazing shots to show your friends and the world. The two lodges, ensure that anglers are secure while in the water by establishing very experienced guide to lead the team. They use current tools and methods to fish. One of the benefits of sport fishing safari at the Murchison Falls National Park is that you are also able to opt for game drives, chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest or launch cruises at the bottom of the falls to see wild game.

Lake Mburo National Park.

Lake Mburo National Park is one of the top sport fishing safari destinations in Uganda. It is the national park closest to the city of Kampala. It takes about three hours to drive there. The park has five lakes, but most fishing is done at Lake Mburo, which is the biggest. There are six different types of fish in Lake Mburo. Most of the fish here are tilapia.  Mazinga spot is the finest fishing safari destination on Lake Mburo because it is free from crocodiles and hippos. You have to bring your own gear to fish. Fishing in Lake Mburo is special because Anglers can arrange to have the fish prepared as a meal by their hotel.

Sipi Falls.

Sipi Falls in Eastern Uganda are also considered a great fishing safari destination. On the hills of Mountain Elgon, close to where Uganda and Kenya meet, you can find the falls. The rainbow fish, which weighs about 3 kilograms, is the most interesting species. Besides fishing, you can visit the waterfalls and coffee farms. One of the two best things to do in the area is to hike Mount Elgon. The view is just too beautiful, even without the waterfalls and mountains. The area is full of mountains, and there are great views of Karamoja fields.

Source of the Nile Jinja.

The source of the Nile in Jinja is one of the greatest safari destination to go for sport fishing in Uganda. The huge Nile Perch is the most impressive catch, but the Tilapia is also a great catch. After fishing safari, you can go see the Gandhi monument, go to Mabira forest, do white water rafting, kayaking, Ssezibwa falls, bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback rides, or visit the local communities.

What you need to know about Sport fishing tours in Uganda.

Sport fishing takes place out all over the year in Uganda. If you want to go sport fishing at Murchison Falls National Park, you should go when it’s not raining. This is also the best time to fish and see some of Uganda’s wildlife at the same time.

The main sport fishing methods in Uganda is by using a live bait or casting lures. The Nile Perch can be caught best with bait that you cast. People often use the tiny Tiger fish as bait. We recommend using a three-meter line with either a multiplier reel or a set spool to catch Nile Perch and other bigger fish like Tilapia or lung fish. For the smaller fish, you only need a stick with a line that weighs about 4 kilograms.

Sport fishing during the dry season can be a challenge to anglers. It can get very hot, so it’s important to come prepared with sunblock, a hut, and the right clothes. Try to take enough water with you when you go fishing safari so you don’t get thirsty. You also need bug spray to keep mosquitoes and the dangerous tsetse flies away.

You might also want to bring sneakers, hiking shoes (for sharp rocks), a camera to take pictures of your fishing safari, and a pair of binoculars to see the water birds. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries for any electronic devices you have. If you are going on a Uganda wildlife safari during the wet season, you should bring shorts, T-shirts, and a rain jacket. In the cold nights, a jumper will keep you warm. As you leave your hotel or lodge, you might need a light rucksack with your medicine and toiletries in it. Don’t forget to bring your lunch, which could be sandwiches, salads, or hot dogs. You can also move while drinking water, pop, tea, coffee, or beer.

It is suggested that Anglers bring their own preferred fishing gear even though they can be provided when required. Sport fishing safari in Uganda is much interesting and enjoyable compared to the sport fishing safari in Uganda.

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