Uganda is a paradise for wildlife and nature lovers; it is not just known for its sensational savannah wilderness, or the mighty River Nile, but also its abundant fresh water bodies such as Lake Victoria, Lakes Edward, George, Albert and Bunyonyi. Any visit to the country presents the opportunity to engage in thrilling activities like sport fishing.

Sport fishing in Uganda is an amazing experience and can be the highlight of any trip. The country boasts of 350 fish species, with the most commonly caught species being Nile perch, Tilapia, lung fish, cat fish, silver fish and Tiger fish. Nile perch is the highlight of a sport fishing excursion, with the potential for large catches – sometimes weighing up to 220 kgs or more! Popular anglers such as John Wilson, Jeremy Wade and Zed Hogan from the National Geographic channel have all tried their hand at it.

Ameera Africa Safaris offer the perfect opportunity to discover the wonders of sport fishing in Uganda, either as a stand-alone activity, or as a way to relax and unwind in between wildlife viewing sessions. Whether you are an experienced angler, or an outdoor enthusiast looking for a unique adventure, sport fishing in Uganda promises an unforgettable experience.

Fishing methods in Uganda

Fishing can be a great recreation for those looking to immerse themselves in the outdoors. To help ensure a successful excursion, one must employ a variety of techniques that depend on water levels and the angler’s skill level. Regardless of skill level, any fisherman can find success with a careful application of the right techniques.

1. Angling:

This involves catching fish with a rod and rod or line and bait, usually from the shore or from a boat. This method is one of the most popular in Uganda, where anglers can cast further and with greater accuracy due to the calm waters that exist in many of the country’s lakes, rivers and streams.

2. Hooks:

Fishing using hooks is a skill that comes with practice, where the aim is to snag a hooked fish without catching any other creatures. This method is often used to catch species that attempt to cover themselves and spawn in tight spaces such as rocks or mangroves.

3. Lures:

This involves attracting the desired fish with a bait-like object often made of plastic, wood or feathers. This method is particularly popular in Uganda, where many of the water-dwelling creatures are attracted by bright, shiny objects.

4. Baskets:

This is a very traditional method of fishing, mostly used to catch smaller fish. It involves making a large, cylindrical basket with a funnel-like opening at the end that leads towards the inside of the basket. The fish will be attracted by the bait and will unwittingly enter the trap. The basket is closed when the water-dwelling creature is inside and can then be easily taken out.

Where to go for sport fishing

1. Entebbe

Entebbe is an ideal destination for those looking to experience adventure while enjoying a cool breeze sweeping off of Lake Victoria. As one of the world’s most important fresh water lakes, Entebbe’s southern shores are the perfect destination for a spot of sport fishing. Anglers can opt for either a full day excursion of eight hours or a half-day excursion of four hours. It is important to ensure you have the proper gear and to avoid areas identified as having a large crocodile population.

2. Ssese Islands

The Ssese Islands, located in Lake Victoria, are an ideal spot for sport fishing. Comprised of 84 islands, anglers can make the trip to them via a ferry from Entebbe at Nakiwogo Landing Site to Kalangala. It is recommended to travel with all of your own equipment checked and ready, and a speed boat might be necessary to explore all of the islands. Hiring equipment is also an option on the island, making the Ssese Islands a great place for fishing enthusiasts.

3. Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is an impressive destination located 340 kilometers from Kampala, offering a perfect mix of wildlife viewing and sport fishing. Here, the Victoria Nile flows north from Lake Victoria towards Lake Albert, and spectacularly squeezes through a 7m gorge before plunging into a cauldron below. Fishing enthusiasts can station at the bottom of the falls, where various species such as Nile Perch, Tilapia, catfish, Tiger Fish, Barbell, Angara, and Yellow Fish swim to where they are stirred up by the bold falls. For those looking for a more tranquil experience, fishing downstream among the rocks is also available.

4. Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a great destination in Uganda for those looking to gain a thrill out of sport fishing. Located approximately three to four hours away from Kampala, the park is home to five lakes and the largest of the bunch, Lake Mburo. This fresh-water lake is teeming with Tilapia and Cat Fish, making it the perfect spot for a spot of angling. What’s more, those staying in local lodges or hotels can request the fish they have caught be prepared for a unique dining experience.

5. Source of the Nile, Jinja

Head to the source of the Nile in Jinja, located on the western shores of Lake Victoria, for some excellent sport fishing. Here, anglers have the opportunity to catch large Nile Perch and Tilapia, while also enjoying other water sports such as white water rafting, kayaking, and tubing. Making a day of it is easy, and with the possibility of reeling in a big catch, the source of the Nile is the perfect spot for your next fishing adventure.

When going on a fishing excursion, it’s important to pack the proper gear:

  • Fishing Equipment
  • Sunscreen and Hat
  • Camera and Spare Batteries
  • Drinking Water and Snacks
  • Comfortable Clothing and Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Documentation, Personal Medicine, and Toiletries


Uganda is an excellent destination for sport fishing, offering something for every skill level of fisherman. Whether you choose to explore the lakes of Murchison Falls National Park, take a trip to the Ssese Islands, or head to the Source of the Nile in Jinja, you are sure to leave having a fishing experience you’ll never forget. Before embarking on your adventure, be sure to check for good water levels, weather conditions and have the proper equipment to ensure a successful and enjoyable trip.


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