What to know about sports fishing in Uganda : Sport fishing is about 25% of Uganda is covered by fresh water bodies such as Lake Victoria, River Nile, Lakes Edward, George, Albert and Bunyonyi among others. This makes Uganda tours activities such as sport fishing not only a possibility but a thrilling engagement as well. In fact, famous anglers such as John Wilson, Jeremy Wade and Zed Hogan from the National Geographic channel have ventured into sport fishing in Uganda.
Unfortunately, not many travelers are inclined towards sport fishing and they often prefer to plan their safari in the savannah wilderness or along the mighty River Nile. There are about 350 fish species in Uganda with the most caught species for commercial purposes being; Nile perch and Tilapia. Other common species include; lung fish, cat fish, silver fish and Tiger fish. Nile Perch happens to be the highlight of a sport fishing excursion. They can weigh up to 220 kgs or more; depending on where they are caught.
Several methods can be employed during sport fishing depending on water levels and the fisherman’s skill. Some of these methods include; Angling, Hooks, Lures, baskets
Below are some of the destinations of sport fishing in Uganda
Aside from being popular as the location of Uganda’s only operational international airport. Entebbe is quite the adventurous city as well. As travelers alight, they are instantly aware of a cool breeze sweeping over the entire field and into the airport. Although unaware, they have made their first contact with Lake Victoria; one of the world’s most important fresh water lakes.
Located on the southern shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe is mainly covered by water and is the perfect destination for sport fishing. Visitors can opt for a full day or half day excursions that last 8 hours and 4 hours respectively. Always ensure to have all your equipment ready and checked and to steer clear of Crocodile infested areas.
The Ssese islands
The Ssese islands are a combination of about 84 islands spread on Lake Victoria. Each of the islands is perfect for sport fishing; especially angling. They can be accessed by ferry from Entebbe at Nakiwogo landing site to Kalangala. Travelers are encouraged to travel with their own equipment; ready and checked or hire some at the island. In addition, a speedboat might be needed to explore all the islands.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls national park is about 340 kilometers from Kampala, both a spectacular destination for wildlife viewing and sport fishing. The park is dissected by the Victoria Nile as it bursts forth from Lake Victoria, flowing northwards into Lake Albert. The free flowing river squeezes through a 7m gorge before plunging into the devil’s cauldron below.
Most will station at the base of the falls to catch fish being stirred up by the falling water. The area is a hot spot for a variety of species such as; Nile Perch, Tilapia, cat fish, Tiger fish, barbell, Angara and yellow fish. Alternatively, one can catch some fish downstream among the rocks as well. This area is often calm and perfect for casting nets.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is located about 3–4 hours away from Kampala. It is one of the best places to have sport fishing in Uganda. There are 5 lakes located within the park and the largest is Lake Mburo. This fresh water lake is a haven for several fish species such as; Tilapia and catfish. Sport fishing is quite special at Lake Mburo because visitors can request their lodges or hotels to prepare for them the fish that they have caught.
Source of the Nile, Jinja
Based on the western shores of Lake Victoria, source of the Nile is perfect for sport fishing. Here, anglers can look forward to catching large Nile Perch and Tilapia. Your fishing excursion can be combined with water sports such as white water rafting, Kayaking and tubing.
What to pack for sports fishing
- Fishing equipment
- Sunscreen and hat
- A camera and spare batteries
- Drinking water and snacks
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
- Documentation, personal medicine and toiletries
Best time for sports fishing in Uganda
The dry season can be especially troublesome for anglers because of the heat and turbulent waters. In addition, they would need to watch out for crocodiles and Hippos that come closer to the shore in the heat. The best time to go sport fishing especially on Lake Victoria is from March to October. The temperatures are relatively favorable and the rains keep the water calm.