Sport Fishing in Murchison Falls National Park
Sport fishing in Murchison falls national park is quite an exciting experience to those who prefer fishing tours and this is one of the activities done along the Nile. The fishing experience involves fishing methods like casting lures to catch larger fish species such as Nile perch, cat-fish. Other fishing methods used for catching fish include the use of live bait for example termites, worms to catch smaller fish species like tilapia, electric catfish, tigerfish which can be caught while using the spinning method.
Murchison falls national park is one of the best leading parks where sport fishing can be conducted mainly along the Victoria Nile which requires catching fish along rocky surfaces, at the bank of the Nile by the anglers and also at the bottom of the falls mainly at the Devil’s Cauldron with spectacular viewing of the falls. Sportfishing along the Nile is the most amazing and full of an exciting experience and you’re recommended to take caution of the Hippos and Nile crocodiles mostly while fishing at the Riverbanks.
Furthermore, there are two main fishing sites in Murchison falls national park that is, near Paraa positioned below the Murchison falls and another below Karuma falls “along with Chobe Safari lodge”. Carrying out sport fishing in the park is best enjoyed mainly at the base of the falls while using the boat down the stream and also from the rocks on the Riverbank.
How much does the fishing activity cost?
To note, sport fishing in Murchison falls national park costs USD50 per person per day and USD150 charged for your 4 days but excluded from the park entrance fees.
Condition for fishing
Where sport fishing is carried out in Murchison falls national park, the area is surrounded with great sceneries of the landscape and range of wildlife species such as hippos, crocodile, waterbucks, elephant as well as notable bird species. So travellers are advised to carry enough equipment for sun protection since the temperature can rise over 40 degrees Celsius. The essentials to carry on your sporting fishing safari to Murchison falls include; long socks, long sleeved trousers and insect repellent which can prevent you from insect bite such as tsetse fly. Sport fishing experience involves fishing experts like the ‘’UWA’’ guides who are always available to lead you to what you expected in fishing spots.
Sport fishing Equipment
For all fishing experiences, it requires one to carry your fishing equipment and you should keep in mind that all types of fish caught are not killed it’s laid back in the water alive. The methods used for catching fish are called casting lures, catching fish on live bait, Spinning and fish species caught along Victoria Nile include; Catfish, Nile perch, Tigerfish and many other types fish to be caught.
All fishermen are recommended to have rod that are between 8 feet and 11 feet with a multiplier reel. While catching smaller fish species you’re recommended to use a 7 spinning rod.
When to do sport fishing
Sport fishing in Murchison falls national park can be conducted any time of the year and the large Nile perch and catfish can be caught throughout the year. The Fishermen experts say that the best catches are seen mostly in early morning hours and late of the day. Though the best result of fishing is during low water level when the water is clearer, which starts from Mid-January to Early April. Scientists proved that fish feed more when weather conditions vary dramatically mostly at the start of the rainstorms.
Accessibility to Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls national park can be easily accessed whether by Air or Road, the park is located in North-western approximately 4 driving hours from northwest of Uganda’s capital city ‘’Kampala’’. You should note that the road route leading you to the park is a marram road and you are advised to use a 4WD vehicle with comfortable seats for you as well as a beautiful room for your fishing equipment.
Alternatively, you can decide to fly to and from to the park by use of chartered flight from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi airstrip and since the park offers airfield inside its premises such as Pakuba airfield. The chartered flight makes the long driving hour/distance shorter.
Sportfishing is truly rewarding with splendid experience along Victoria Nile in Murchison fall national park where you can experience the best catching of large Nile perch and catfish, you can as well enjoy your photoshoot with your caught fish.