Fishing Safaris – Lake Victoria
With Lake Victoria offering the opportunity for hooking one of the world’s largest fresh water fish the Nile Perch, anyone with with some free time and an interest can enjoy this day out. We have been offering half and full day excursions for “catch and release” of Nile Perch for over 12 years and our experience ensures we know the best spots, methods and also have experienced and knowledgeable skippers who have a good command of the English language.
Traditional Fishing Season
All year round avoiding full moon and the April/May rainy season
Fish Caught / Methods
Nile Perch. From approximately 8-80 kg in weight. Trolling with lures is the main method of fishing used.
Speedboats of between 18 and 30 foot (6-10 metres), powered by twin outboard engines are used. The boats have a large seating capacity but cater for a maximum of 4 people fishing at any one time (to avoid line tangling etc). Fibre glass 24 foot long “canoes” powered by an outboard engine are also available for smaller groups of 2-3 fishermen and usually best for day trips (not overnight).
Equipment & Facilities on board
Our boats are equipped with an overhead sun canopy, rain suits (there can be a certain amount of spray when the lake is rough), mobile phone, life jackets, basic first aid box and fire extinguisher on board for your safety. We also have a cooler box on board for cold drink storage.
All equipment and lures for trolling for perch for up to 4 lines per boat are supplied, but anglers are free to bring their own. Anything damaged or lost will need to be paid for before disembarkation. Lures are between 20-25USD each if lost.
For our day trips we meet in Entebbe outside UWEC (Zoo), Lugard Avenue, where safe parking is available and it is a short walk to the pier from where we depart/return. Transport is arranged to and from the jetty from local Entebbe and Kampala hotels upon request and for overnight trip groups.
Day Trips – timings
Trips normally depart around 9.00 am or 1.00pm and return around 12.30pm or 5.00pm with a full day being approximately 8 hours on the water and a half day around 4 hours. Fishing is done around local islands about a 45 minute boat trip from Entebbe. The areas fished will depend upon the weather and how the fish are biting. At certain times of the year the lake can be very rough with large swells and so then we tend to utilise the sheltered bays for fishing. A picnic lunch is provided with a cool box of beers, mineral water and sodas as well as tea and coffee. Anglers are free to bring along additional drinks required.
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 (average day time temperatures are in the mid to late 20 degrees C). 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 day wear such as T shirts and shorts are normally fine but we recommend a rain jacket in case of bad weather and a sweater or light jacket for cooler weather and the evenings.
Lake Victoria Sport Fishing Rates
Use of fishing speedboat, fuel, lunch (where appropriate), reasonable quantity of hot and cold drinks, services of local fishing guide/gilly and fishing equipment for trolling for up to 4 persons on board. International 2016 prices from $US 125 per Half Day, $US 125 per Full Day (based on 4 people in a boat). Special discounted rates offered to East African Residents – please enquire further.