Lakes, rivers and dams are the bodies of freshwater that only cover a small surface of land. Fish usually congregate at the head or tail of these pools, because rivers carry food to these points. In addition, it is where predators visit to feed, which allows anglers to catch them while they feed. These components have led to Namibia becoming an Angling haven.

Majority of freshwater fish species are accustomed to various water temperatures, so it is import to acquire knowledge on the best time to catch your preferred freshwater species.

Below are the type of freshwater species found in Namibia:

  • African pike (Hepsetus odoe)
  • Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
  • Cave catfish (Clarias cavernicola)
  • Largemouth bass (Micropterus samoides)
  • Largemouth yellowfish (Barbus kimberleyensis)
  • Nembwe (Serranochromis robustus)
  • Otjikoto tilapia (Tilapia guinasana)
  • Sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus)
  • Smallmouth yellowfish (Barbus aeneus)
  • Tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus)

Freshwater contains little salinity, and species are sensitive to foreign aromas, which makes it important to ensure your baits, lures and hands are clean. These foreign smells on baits or lures could allow the fish to turn away. So it is therefore best to make use of live bait for the species you wish to catch.


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