Sport Fishing Experience

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The Uganda fish sporting experience.

Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing or game fishing, is fishing for leisure, exercise, or competition.

It can be contrasted with commercial fishing which is professional fishing for profit; or subsistence farming which is fishing for survival and livelihood.

The most common form of recreational fishing is angling, which is done with a ring of rod, reel, line, hook, and any one of a wide range of baits, as well as other complementary devices such as weights, floats, and a method of feeders collectively referred to as terminal tackles.

Uganda has the second largest fresh-water lake on the planet as well as the largest lake in the whole of Africa – Lake Victoria which is in addition the source of River Nile – the longest river in the world.

Furthermore, Uganda has a couple of lakes including lakes Mburo, George, Victoria, Kyoga, Albert, and Edward, which serve as habitats for over 350 types of Fish. Despite all these numerous fish species found in the country, the commonest, as well as commercial ones, are the Tilapia, Nile Perch, and Catfish.

Fishing in Uganda is incredible because it involves spotting Africa’s famous wildlife and amazing scenery.

The possibility of encountering aquatic animals like crocodiles, hippos, and birds make makes the trips even more exciting and adventurous.
Sport fishing is one of the most riveting activities worth trying when in Uganda, where participants can be able to catch large and heavy fish weighing up to 100 kilograms.

Where to go for sport fishing?

Licensed and popular sport fishing in Uganda is conducted from the following designated place; Sipi Area near Mount Elgon, within Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo, and Lake Victoria.

Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls offers one of the best spots for sport fishing.
The Southern and Northern Banks of the River Nile below the Murchison Falls offer the most exhilarating challenges to enthusiastic anglers.

Found within the powerful currents and highly oxygenated water is the Nile Perch, which provides the opportunity to have an enormous catch with the record being 108 kilograms.

Other fish species also caught within the Murchison Falls include Tiger fish and Catfish.
Sport fishing within the Murchison Falls National Park is accepted within the gazetted places and booking is required, and intending anglers are advised to bring their equipment such as a multiplier fishing reel and/or Mounted spool, and then acquire sport fishing permits from the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices.

Sport Fishing in Mount Elgon

Sport fishing within Mount Elgon National Park is conducted from above the highest of the three waterfalls in the Sipi Area.

It offers interesting opportunities to anglers who boast of battling with the rainbow trout because of its wonderful coloration and fighting ability.

The largest trout fish caught can weigh up to 3 kilograms.
Sport fishing within Mount Elgon is restricted to the designated places and the intending participants are advised to carry their fishing equipment, and then obtain a fishing permit from the Sipi River Lodge to participate.

Apart from the fish, you can visit all the waterfalls or the local coffee plantations.
Climbing Mount Elgon is one of the top two most attractive things in the area. Apart from the waterfalls and mountains, the scenery is just too breathtaking. The area is mountainous, and you can get amazing views of the vast Karamoja plains.

Sport Fishing in Lake Mburo National Park

The park has five lakes but most of the fishing is done at the largest of them all – Lake Mburo. Lake Mburo has six main species of fish. Tilapia is the most dominant species here.
The gazetted fishing spot within Lake Mburo is at Mazinga, and tourists planning to catch fish from Lake Mburo should carry their fishing equipment and acquire a fishing permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. You need to bring your fishing equipment. Fishing in Lake Mburo is special because Anglers can arrange to have the fish prepared as a meal by their hotel.

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Sport Fishing in Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the nearest place for tourists who prefer nearby places and fishing trips are available to all anglers whether novices or experienced anglers.

On the banks of Lake Victoria, Sport fishing can be conducted throughout the year, but the best fishing time is October to March.

You can catch Nile Perch weighing between 10 and 100 kilograms and the main fishing method is trolling with lures, and Tilapia weighing from 1 kilogram and 2 kilograms which are caught using the fly-fishing method.

Sport Fishing within Lake Victors is conducted near the Islands, using 18 feet ski boats with a single foam-filled hull which is done by the Yamaha 140HP outboard engine boat that carries a maximum of 4 passengers or by a canoe and a 24 feet long fiberglass.

Tourists intending to carry out sport fishing from Lake Victoria do not have to bring their equipment since most equipment is provided and includes Life jackets, a First Aid box, an electronic fish-finder, a fire extinguisher, lures for trolling the Perch, and GPS.

Sport fishing trips begin from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, then from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and half-day trips last 4 hours while the full-day trip lasts 8 hours and the places to fish are determined based on the prevailing weather conditions.

Therefore, is one of the possible activities that tourists who visit Uganda can participate in Uganda can engage in and is carried out from Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, Sipi Area of Mount Elgon, and within Lake Victoria.

Equipment and Facilities

It is preferable if the boats have a sun overhead shed, you carry rain suits, have a GPS, an electronic fish-finder, wear life jackets, and have mobile phones, a first-aid box, a fire extinguisher, and flares.

There is also a cooler to keep the drinks cold. There is an adequate supply of lures for trolling for the perch up to 4 lines for each boat.

However, anglers are free to bring along with them their equipment especially the lighter equipment for Tilapia. If there is anything that is lost or broken is paid for before one disembarks from the encounter.

Daytime fishing trips start at 9:00 am – 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm with a half-day trip taking 4 hours while a full-day trip 8 hours.
This fishing is done close to the local Islands, and it’s approximately a 45-minute boat ride from the mainland at Entebbe.

The exact spots where you will do the fishing will be determined by the present weather conditions.

There are also night fishing trips though they involve spending an overnight at Ngamba Island in its Tented Camp.

Methods of sport fishing in Uganda.

The main sport fishing method in Uganda is by using live bait or casting lures. Casting lures are particularly suitable for catching the Nile Perch.

The smaller Tigerfish is often used as bait. To catch the Nile Perch and other larger species like Tilapia or lungfish, we suggest you use a road that is about three meters with either a multiplier reel or fixed spool. For the smaller species, a rod with a line of about 4 kilograms is enough.

Fish Species

Uganda has over 350 species of fish. The major fish species are the Nile perch and Tilapia.
The Nile perch is arguably the largest fish one can catch in Uganda. They can weigh more than 220kgs
The Nile Perch is often caught using the smaller tiger fish as bait.

The Tigerfish has beautiful colors of the rainbow but is very resilient with sharp teeth and hard jaws.
Other fish you can catch include Tilapia, Tigerfish, lungfish Ferocious fighters, Catfish, and Barbel.

Things you need to know about sport fishing in Uganda.

Sport fishing is carried out throughout the year in Uganda. If you are planning to do sport fishing at Murchison falls national park, then the best time to visit is during the dry season. This is also the perfect time to combine fishing with a visit to see some of Uganda’s wildlife.

The main sport fishing method in Uganda is by using live bait or casting lures. Casting lures are particularly suitable for catching the Nile Perch. The smaller Tigerfish is often used as bait.

To catch the Nile Perch and other larger species like Tilapia or lungfish, we suggest you use a road that is about three meters with either a multiplier reel or fixed spool.
For the smaller species, a rod with a line of about 4 kilograms is enough.
Sport fishing during the dry season can be a challenge to anglers. The temperatures can be very high, and it is important to come prepared with sunscreen, a hut, and the right clothing.

Try to go fishing with enough drinking water so that you don’t get dehydrated.
You also need to have insect repellent to keep away mosquitoes and the dreaded tsetse flies.
Other items to consider bringing for your fishing trip include sandals, hiking shoes (for sharp rocks) a camera to take photos of your expedition, and a binocular to spot the water birds.

Don’t forget to bring spare batteries for any of your electrical gadgets.
The clothing should include a short, a T-shirt and also a rain jacket if you are traveling during the rainy season.

A sweater will keep you warm during the cold evenings. As you head out of your hotel or lodge, you might need your medication, and toiletries packed in a light backpack.

Do not forget to pack lunch which can be in the form of sandwiches, salads, or hot dogs. You can also move with drinking water, sodas, tea/coffee, or beer.
It is recommended that Anglers bring their favorite fishing gear even though they can be provided when required.

In conclusion

Sport fishing is more of a fun, joyful, and thrilling activity that offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sport fishing in Uganda offers a golden opportunity to encounter aquatic wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, and birds along the banks that many sport fishing visitors wouldn’t’ t miss to visit.