Fish Species in Uganda Water Bodies

There are two major sources of fish in Uganda; one is from aquaculture, the other from fishing in rivers and lakes. So, different types of fish flourish in different water sources. The major ones include; Nile Perch, Tilapia, Silver fish, Lung fish and Tiger fish, among others. These fish species are found in the fresh waters of Lakes Victoria, Albert, George, Edward, Kyoga and River Nile, among others.

The Nile perch is from fresh water and it generally grows between 85 and 100 centimeters and weighs between 2 and 4 kilograms.  However, this predator has been captured and seen at a size of 195 centimeters and is able to reach a weight of 200 kilograms.  It is one of the most immense fresh water fish, and can live for up to 16 years. They can most commonly be found in Lake Victoria, which is in East Africa.  The Nile perch can also be found in other African river basins in Chad, Senegal, Congo and Volta.  They can also be found in the Nile (hence the name) and Lake Maryut in Egypt.