SPORT FISHING IN UGANDA
Sport fishing in Uganda – Fishing isn’t just a fun hobby — it’s an incredible way to connect with nature and get your heart pumping. Fishing takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the world, both on land and in the water. You’ll never forget it after you’ve been out there, either! Fishing is a great way to disconnect from the hustles of daily life and recharge outdoors. People travel all over the world to catch rare species of fish and also for the pursuit of peace and relaxation. The thrill of reeling in one of the most sought-after species is unforgettable for both the young and old, experienced and inexperienced anglers.
A third of Uganda is covered in water. We have 5 major lakes which are Lake Victoria, Albert, Kyoga, Edward, and George. Uganda is also home to the world’s longest river- the Nile. This offers anglers different destinations to choose from to indulge in their love for the sport.
There are different types of fish caught in Uganda. The most sought-after is the Nile Perch, also known as the Goliath Perch. Introduced as an invasive species in 1950, the Nile perch has become one of the highest demanded fish. The Nile Perch grows up to 2 meters (6ft 11 inches) long and can weigh up to 250 kilos. The perch is highly prized by the locals coz they love the taste of the fish which is bought in kilos. Its also prized in Asian cuisine for its swim bladder, also known as fish maw. It is served in both soups and stews and they believe it has medicinal benefits.
It is an invasive species as it feeds on the local fish found in Ugandan waters, including its own species. It also feeds on crustaceans and insects. The young feed on zooplankton.
Other species include the Singida Tilapia, Nile Tilapia, Catfish, Silverfish, Lungfish, Tigerfish, Eels, Sprat, and Clarias.
Historically fishing was done mainly for subsistence, for the fishermen to feed their own families. They used traditional gear like spears, arrows, fish pots, and then later nets. However, as the market for fish grew, other methods were introduced. In Jinja, which is where the source of the Nile is located, the locals had begun using illegal ways to fish like dynamite. Located near beer manufacturing factories, the local fishermen would use the by-products of beer to lure the fish and then blast them with dynamite, stunning and killing lots of fish, including the immature ones. However, this method was banned and hefty fines were introduced to curb the behaviour.
Today we use gear like Gillnets, angling gear, and hooks while sport fishing.
At Engabo Safaris, we pride ourselves on fishing trips and we lead trips to specialized fishing grounds all over Uganda. We offer guided fishing services equally for both pros and beginners. We provide you with the fishing gear and the bait and we head out to the waters to catch something special. We also do trips for people who want to learn how to fish as well as kids fishing trips.
We partner with a team that is passionate bout sustainable sport fishing and that engages actively in the conservation of species both in the water and on the shore. Some of our trips will take you to national parks where we contribute to conservation efforts by purchasing special fishing permits. We merge the fishing trip with wildlife viewing to give you the ultimate safari to Africa.
Check out our Lake Victoria fishing package