Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park-Uganda Safari News
Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is such a rewarding safari activity for avid anglers. When it comes to Uganda safaris to Murchison Falls National Park many tourists think of the big 4 animals (Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, and Elephants) but then anglers too can have the best sportfishing experience. Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park is done mainly as a sport and is among the main activities in Murchison Falls National Park along the Nile. Fishing is mainly done along the Victoria Nile which involves catching fish along rocky surfaces, the bottom of the falls mainly the Devil’s Cauldron, and at the banks of the Nile by anglers alongside experienced guides.
There are great opportunities to land a large Nile Perch or Cat-fish. Other fish species there include Tigerfish, Electric catfish and Tilapia. The record largest Nile Perch was 113 Kgs landed at the water gauge opposite the crocodile pool, and the largest cat-fish was 45 Kgs landed near the Nyamusika Cliffs.
Requirements for a Sportfishing in Murchison Falls National Park
A fishing permit is required purchased at USD 50 per day or USD 150 for four days. These fees are not part of the park entry fees.
There are no shops in the National Park, therefore, all necessary supplies such as suntan lotion, medications, spare batteries for electronic equipment and cameras, and mosquito spray must be brought with you.
Fishing sites in Murchison Falls National Park
There are two major fishing sites in Murchison Falls National Park; one near Paraa (located below the mighty Murchison Falls) and another below Karuma falls (at Chobe safari lodge). But sport fishing in the park is currently carried out mainly at the base of the falls either from the boat down the stream or from the rocks on the Riverbank.
Accessing the fishing spots can either be by boat or by walking down from the top of the falls to the gorge which can take 45 minutes for a physically fit person.
Safety during sport fishing in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls is known as the most powerful falls for any Adventure Safari in the world and therefore safety is key. Fishing at Murchison Falls National Park requires expert assistance, to ensure both client safety and the best opportunity for successful fishing. It is recommendable to have an experienced Uganda safari fishing guide along to ensure the smooth running of the trip (especially if it is a first excursion at the falls). A choice of guides is available (subject to availability) and every three anglers are recommended to have one guide.
Best time to go sport fishing in Murchison Falls National Park
Any time of the year is good for Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park. The best time of the day to have the best catches are early in the morning and late in the evening. The best catch of the fish is when the water level is low since that’s when the water is clearer that is from mid-January to early April. Generally, it is accepted that the drier months of the year produce better fishing results – December to March and June to October.
What to wear for a fishing safari in Murchison Falls National Park
Temperatures can rise to over 400 C and therefore it is advisable to carry enough sun protection equipment.
Remember to wear long socks, long-sleeved trousers and insect repellents that can be used just in case of tsetse fly bites.
Wear lightweight clothes and hiking shoes for fishing on the rocky surfaces.
Anglers need to carry their own fishing equipment and keep in mind all fish caught is not killed it’s laid back in the water alive. All anglers are advised to have rods that are between 8feet and 11feet with a multiplier reel. While catching smaller species; a 7’ spinning rod is recommended. Anglers can hire fishing equipment in Uganda but ensure not to damage or lose any because one will have to pay for the equipment in case of damages.
The popular fishing methods include casting lures, spinning and catching fish on live bait.
Note: Fishing along the Nile is an exciting experience however, you are advised to take caution of the Hippos and Nile crocodiles especially while fishing at the Riverbanks.
Murchison Falls National Park is among the leading parks where sport fishing is conducted and therefore if you are a passionate angler on a Uganda wildlife safari in the park, adding sport fishing to your itinerary is a good idea. The other destination for a sportfishing experience is on Lake Victoria -Africa’s largest freshwater lake that can be taken as a luxury safari in Uganda without even having to go upcountry but just a few meters from the airport.