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Fishing at Murchison Falls National Park

Fishing at Murchison Falls National Park is currently done in the area at the base of the falls. The fishing is either from the rocks on the bank of the river or slightly lower downstream in the pools from a boat. Access to the fishing spots is either by boat from a point further downstream or by walking down the gorge to the river from the top of the falls. It’s a steep climb back up and hence most people tend to go fishing equipped for the day to avoid climbing up in the heat of the day.

There are several lodges available for accommodation in the park – which one we utilize will depend upon the client’s requirements. Sambiya River lodge is most often used – due to it’s close proximity to the falls area – about 15 minutes drive. It is set in the forest a short distance away from the river and has stone rondavel rooms with en suite facilities with hot water heated by solar. Bedding and towels are provided but clients should bring their own torches (and batteries).

Fish Caught

Nile Perch. From approximately 10-80kg in weight. The largest fresh water fish in the world. Trolling with lures is the main method of fishing used. You can also catch tilapia using fly fishing techniques. Tilapia are about 1-2kg in weight.

Equipment & Facilities on board

An 18 foot sea going ski boat with single foam filled hull, powered by 2 X Mariner 60HP outboard engines boat has a maximum seating capacity of 8 passengers plus skipper and a maximum of 4 people fishing at any one time (to avoid line tangling etc). An in-board Volvo Penta powered 24 foot cabin cruiser can also be used for fishing up to 4 fishermen

Our boats are equipped with an overhead sun canopy, rain suits (there can be a certain amount of spray when the lake is rough), electronic fish finder, GPS, mobile phone, life jackets, flares, basic first aid box and fire extinguisher on board for your safety. Our skippers are experienced local guides who have a good knowledge of the lake as well as fishing.

All equipment and lures for perch are supplied, but anglers are free to bring their own, especially lighter equipment for tilapia. Anything damaged or lost will need to be paid for before disembarkation. Lures are between 15-20USD each if lost.

What to bring on board

We suggest you bring as much sun protection as possible – hats, sunglasses, creams as it can be quite hot out on the lake. Strops or sandals are a good idea as you may well get wet feet – especially getting on and off the boat! Insect repellent is a good idea. A camera if you’d like to capture “the big fish” on film and a pair of binoculars if you are keen on birdlife. Light daywear such as T shirts and shorts are normally fine but we recommend a sweater or light jacket in case the weather is a little cool. Obviously if you are staying overnight you will need your personal belongings – clothes, medication, toiletries etc for the duration of the stay. If you are a smoker – take your stocks with you – shops are few and far between!