SPORT FISHING IN UGANDA
Uganda located within the great lakes region boasts of Lake Victoria which hosts a unique setting of aquatic species fit for a perfect sport fishing adventure during your holiday in Africa. Fishing in Uganda is done on an extensive scale and it’s done both for economical and sports purposes. Sport fishing during your safari in Uganda can be done on different lakes and rivers that are habitats for the most sought after-Nile Perch and Tilapia fish species and for the utmost fishing holiday, all your fishing activities in Uganda will be regulated by a “tag and release” policy. The secretiveness and serenity of most fishing island lodges creates ambiance for a limited adventure fishing competition between participating anglers. Further, still the local population has not yet acquired modern and industrialized fishing tools/tactics and this has limited severe damage on the large Nile Perch and Tilapia fish stocks making Uganda East Africa’s ideal destination for a Sport fishing safari holiday.
Game fish is big and plentiful in the waters of Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Albert, Lake Edward and Lake George. The UWA has gazetted outstanding sport fishing sites at both Lake Mburo and along River Nile in Murchison falls National Park. Fish stocks in Uganda are well preserved after the government lifted a fishing ban for local fishermen who were on the verge of depleting the lake and therefore, avid anglers have various unique opportunities for a thrilling African adventure fishing experience.
Sport Fishing Safari Locations
Entebbe Lake Victoria Peninsular fishing communities
Lake Victoria which is the largest lake in the whole of Africa as well as the second largest water body with fresh water in the world is actually shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. There are very many fishing villages in Lake Victoria but the major one is located on Kasenyi landing site in Entebbe. Here different people can be seen fishing on the shores of Lake Victoria as they cast out nets with bait to catch some fish. The fishing village is filled with different ethnic groups but to note is that the largest of the population are men and most of the people here are married with children.
Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria
Ssese Islands are located in Lake Victoria and are a good place for one to go for an adventure sport fishing safari in Uganda. It’s a quiet place with good scenery and offers you the privacy you need when it comes to sport fishing. Just like in other sport fishing locations, you will need to carry your own fishing equipment or gears.
For 5 days and 4 nights you can also take a Ssese Island Fishing Trip to the most secretive Islands of Ssese. The trip to Ssese Islands will connect you to over 80 small collections of Islands deep in Lake Victoria and smaller ones adjacent right off Entebbe Main Land in Uganda. The Ssese Islands are actually an unspoiled paradise with the biggest part of it unoccupied except by roaming local fishermen, and covered by dense tropical forest that are inhabited by monkeys as well as birds. Other than the Nile perch, additional local fish species caught here include tilapia and lung fish among others.
Ggaba landing site
Ggaba landing site is used as a trading center for fish and is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and close to Kampala city. The fishing at Ggaba is done mostly a distance away from the shore in the middle of the lake and the most common fish that is caught includes; Tilapia, silver fish, Nile perch, catfish and lung fish. The fishermen use moist boats for fishing and have since abandoned using canoes.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo contains around six species of fish, with tilapia being the most common. The designated fishing spot is at Mazinga and the most commonly caught fish species is the Tilapia. Lake Mburo is located in the Western part of Uganda in Lake Mburo National park. This is known to be one of the best destinations for those who love spot fishing.
Murchison Falls National Park
Sport fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is quite rewarding for the avid angler. There are great opportunities to land a large Nile Perch “mputa” or Cat-fish “semutundu“. Other fish include Tiger fish, Electric cat-fish, Tilapia, “Ngara” (Genus Alestes). The record largest Nile Perch was 113 Kgs landed at at the water gauge opposite the crocodile pool, and the largest cat-fish was 45 Kgs landed near the Nyamusika Cliffs. Although sport fishing at the moment is done at the base of the Murchison falls, it has two major sites found near Karuma falls at Chobe lodge and the other below the Murchison falls.
For 4 days and 3 nights you can take part in a Murchison Falls Fishing Trip within the largest protected region in Uganda. At Murchison Falls National Park, anglers are guaranteed to enjoy sport fishing in the fresh waters of the ever-flowing River Nile while enjoying a full site view of the wild game roaming in the park boundaries.
Situated in the heart of Africa and the Western arm of the East African valley, on the border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Albert is steadily growing to become a sought-after water body in Uganda after Lake Victoria, George and Edward. Oil was discovered below the lake, and exploration activities are ongoing. Lake Albert, also known as Albert Nyanza and formerly named lake Mobutu Ssese Sseko, after former President of the DR Congo/Zaire is the world’s twenty-seventh largest lake by volume with a width of 30 Kilometers and length of 160 Kilometers. Lake Albert was spotted in 1864 by Sir Samuel White Baker, who was looking for the source of the White Nile. He called it Albert Nyanza, after the recently deceased at the time, Prince Albert.
Lake Albert fishing safaris can be very exciting and adventurous. Boat cruises, Sport Fishing, Bird watching and sightseeing are some of the popular activities on Africa’s seventh- largest lake. The rift valley lake is surrounded by great escapements and well-planned lake shore settlements. Excursions around this lake offer breathtaking scenery of Rwenzori Mountains and the Murchison–Semliki western rift valley landscape horizon is a gift of nature. The presence of Hippos, buffaloes, African elephants and bird species makes Lake Albert an ideal wildlife travel destination.
The shores of Lake Albert harbor Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and the Bugoma Forest Reserve. Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve on the eastern side of Lake Albert is an emerging tourist destination and a good stopover between Murchison and Kibale National Parks. It supports nature walks, bird watching, game drives and guided fossil hunting. To access Lake Albert from the capital Kampala, visitors travel over 200 Km to Hoima, then connect 92 Km to the oil fields in Kaiso-Tonya Buseruka Sub County. However, other routes can also enable us access Lake Albert.
Travel Plan when sport fishing
Motorized Boat charters for sport fishing trip excursions are made hustle free at our Outback fishing camp. With full access to a fleet of five fiber glass motorized boats, the avid angler can choose the vessel suitable to the particular unique sport fishing needs. Smaller wooden or fiber non-motorized boats can be chartered for short fishing trips near Entebbe Mainland and adjacent Peninsular fishing Islands. There are also group sized 2 bigger engine boats for longer fishing trips deep into the Lake Victoria and far islands. Our popular 3-day fishing excursion that comes with free tents, fishing rods/hooks, cooking amenities, camping gear provide an adventure treat for the keen anglers.
Although we do not promise world record catches to ALL of our guest anglers, we aim that our fishing excursions will be a real thrill and combined with our shared passion for recreational fishing and the warm hospitality of the lodge will make a memorable holiday.