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Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls

Sport fishing in Murchison falls is done mainly as a sport and is among the main activities along the Nile. It involves catching fish by casting lures; this method is used for catching larger fish species like the Nile perch and some cat fish. There other method used for catching fish is the use of live bait like worms, termites to catch smaller fish species like the Tiger fish, also you can catch them using the spinning method.

Murchison falls is among the leading parks where sport fishing in Uganda is conducted. 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 the anglers.Fishing along the Nile is an exciting experience though you are advised to take caution of the Hippos and Nile crocodiles especially while fishing at the River banks.

Where to go sport Fishing in Murchison Falls

There are two major fishing sites in Murchison; one near Paraa located below the Murchison falls and another below the 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 River bank.

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. With this you are recommended to move well equipped with your fishing equipment. As you enjoy catching fish there is always a chance to land on a huge catch; in terms of length, weight and girth. In fact record has it that the heaviest fish caught was 113kg and this was a Nile Perch.

Best time for sport Fishing in Murchison Falls

Fishing in Murchison Falls can be done anytime of the year and the large catfish and Nile perch can be caught all year round. Anglers say that best catches are seen early in the morning and late in the day. Though best results of fish are when the water level is low since the water is clearer, and that is during the dry and shadow season from Mid-January to Early-April. Also it is said that fish feed more when weather conditions vary dramatically especially at the start of the rains.

Fishing Methods, Equipment and Fish types caught

During the Fishing trips in Murchison Falls National Park, all participants will be required to carry their fishing equipment. You should also keep in mind that all fish caught is not killed but returned back in the water alive. The different fishing methods or techniques used to catch fish in Murchison Falls include: casting lures, spinning and catching fish on live bait. The Different types of fish species caught here include: the Nile perch, Catfish, Tiger fish among others.

All anglers are advised to have the following equipment: rods that are between 8 feet and 11 feet with a multiplier reel. While catching smaller species; a 7’ spinning rod is recommended.

Other wildlife to see

As you catch fish you are also surrounded with great sceneries the landscape and also wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants, waterbucks as well as beautiful birds

What to Wear when Fishing

You are advised to carry enough sun protection equipment since the temperature can rise over 40°C. Also wear long socks, long sleeved shirts and trousers, as well as insect repellents to keep away any bugs and insects like tsetse flies. Sport fishing requires expertise; therefore you will need the assistance of experienced and highly skilled fishing guides!

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