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Fishing in Tanzania

Enjoy your favourite activity in Tanzania's various beautiful locations. You can try inland fishing as well as coastal and deep sea fishing

Best time: December–March | August–October


Tanzania offers inland fishing at lakes and rivers as well as coastal and deep sea fishing. Here you can catch tuna, marlin, swordfish, and even barracuda.

Every year yellowfin tuna and other pelagic species migrate through the Pemba Channel. The main season for this runs from August till October. The best season for Marlin is between December and March.

Besides big-game fish, the coastal waters are full of groupers, red snappers, and other local species. Some nice deep sea fishing areas can be found along the mainland coast, Pangani, and Dar es Salaam. The northern and eastern parts of Unguja and the island of Pemba are also good spots. This is where adventurous anglers can find the largest pelagic and big-game fish.

Inland Fishing also has something to offer. Although it is forbidden in national parks, there are other places to enjoy your favourite activity. Some remote areas will reward anglers with the peaceful and stunning nature of Africa. Local fishermen will show you some of the best places to start from. Lake Victoria provides freshwater fishing and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding nature. You can also try some of fly fishing along various rivers and large streams. Some of the best inland fishing can be experienced right after the rainy season, when the rivers and lakes are filled with water again.

Practical info

What are some of the popular fish species that can be found in Tanzania's coastal waters?

A wide variety of fish can be found in the coastal waters of Tanzania, including groupers, red snappers, and several other local species. For those who are on the lookout for larger species, the northern and eastern Unguja and the Pemba islands are excellent spots for catching pelagic and big-game fish. From August to October, the Pemba Channel brings in species such as tuna, swordfish, and marlin, while Marlin is best caught between December and March. Show more

What is the peak season for catching yellowfin tuna in Tanzania?

August to October is the best season for catching yellowfin tuna in Tanzania when these pelagic species pass through the Pemba Channel. During this time, anglers can catch several other species such as swordfish, marlin, and barracuda. Both beginners and experienced anglers can enjoy this fantastic opportunity to experience extraordinary fishing trips. Show more

What are some popular locations for deep sea fishing in Tanzania?

Tanzania offers excellent deep-sea fishing spots such as Pangani and Dar es Salaam where you can catch species like swordfish, marlin, and tuna. If you're looking for bigger and more substantial catches, the northern and eastern parts of Unguja and Pemba are ideal for catching large pelagic and big-game fish. Tourist agencies and local guides provide equipment rental and tours for enthusiasts interested in trying out this activity. Show more

Is inland fishing allowed in Tanzania's national parks?

Inland fishing is generally prohibited inside Tanzania's national parks. But, there are other areas where visitors can indulge in this activity, with some remote regions offering picturesque views of nature that fishing enthusiasts can appreciate. Visitors can take advantage of Tanzania's largest lake, Lake Victoria, and other various rivers and streams to experience freshwater and fly fishing respectively. Show more

What is the recommended time to enjoy inland fishing in Tanzania?

The rainy season typically lasts between December and March and is the best time to enjoy inland fishing in Tanzania. This is because the rivers and lakes are filled with an abundant supply of water, making them perfect for fishing. Visitors can hire professional guides and agencies to help them navigate the top fishing sites in designated areas and experience this enjoyable activity. Show more

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