Best Bass Fishing Spots In Kenya

What is Bass Fishing?

Bass fishing is the recreational fishing activity, typically via rod angling, for various North American game fishes known collectively as black bass.

There are numerous black bass species targeted in North America, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass or Kentucky bass, and Guadalupe bass.

Best Bass Fishing Spots In Kenya

1. Fishing on the Kenyan Coast

Of course, there are other inland fishing spots at the Kenyan coast but the biggest and most challenging fishing happens just off the shore of the Indian Ocean.

Beautiful hotels and resorts such as the ‘Voyagers Beach Resort’, ‘Hemingway’s Watamu’ and ‘Baobab Beach Resort & Spa’ offer excellent fishing opportunities right off the beach or a little further out for those who are interested in game fishing for the likes of Sailfish and Marlin.

2. Fishing in the Pemba Channel

It is said that the ‘Pemba Channel’ is THE best fishing spot in Kenya (if you want to catch Marlin). The most popular fishing boats with experienced Captains make berth in Shimoni Island, some 80 km south of Mombasa.

The location is an all-year-round fishing safari destination where professional anglers and even complete novices can go to do some game fishing. From Short-bill spearfish to Stripped Marlins, Broadbill Swordfish and even an assortment of sharks, you can catch them all in the Kenyan side Pemba Channel.

3. The lakes of Mt. Kenya

We know it might sound a little strange when you tell your friends that you are heading up a mountain to do some fishing.

They might very well think that you are trying to be coy with some double entendres that aren’t quite working but believe it or not, Mt. Kenya does have some of the best spots for trout fishing in the country. You will find plenty of rainbow trout at Lake Rutundu (3,100 meters) and at Lake Alice (3,550 meters).

4. Lake Turkana

Yes, you will create yet another conundrum in the minds of your friends when you say you are headed out to the desert to do some fishing. Kenya’s iconic desert lake (Lake Turkana) is by far one of the most dramatic fishing spots on this list.

First off, getting to it is an adventure on its own as you have to drive through some of the most rugged terrain…or you could just fly in! Tilapia, Nile Perch, and Tiger Fish are some of the types of fish that can be caught even from the shore!

5. The rivers of The Aberdares

Lovingly nicknamed ‘Scotland with lions’, the Aberdares National Park has clear streams full of mossy overhangs and rather shady bends.

These streams run through ranges that are often covered in mist and moors. The rivers and ponds in these ranges are full of rainbow and brown trout that are not indigenous to Kenya (they came from Scotland).

What are the two major fishing grounds in Kenya?

The most productive fishing areas are on the north coast in the Lamu area including Kiunga, Kizingitini, and Faza, at Malindi and Tana River Delta, and on the south coast around Majoreni and Vanga. It is however noted that the national average marine annual catch is less than 10000 tons.

What are the major fishing rivers in Kenya?

Major rivers include Tana (700 Km), Athi/Galana/Sabaki (530 Km), Ewaso-Ngiro-North (520 Km), Kerio (350 Km), Suam-Turkwel (350 km), Mara (280 km), Nzoia (240 km), Voi (200 km), Yala (170 km), Ewaso-Ngiro-south (140 km), Sondu (105 km), Malewa (105 km) and Kuja (80 km).

Which is the largest inland fishing ground in Kenya?

Lake Victoria supports Africa’s largest inland fishery, with the majority of the catch being the invasive Nile perch, introduced in the Lake in the 1950s.

What is the most marketable fish in Kenya?

Tilapia is the most common and most popular fish in Kenya.

What are the problems facing fishing in Kenya?

Fish production in Lake Baringo has been dwindling over the years driven by changes in water level. The main challenges facing Kenya’s fishery sector include environmental change and variability, invasive species, overfishing, declining stocks, and post-harvest loss.