The Malilangwe Dam is an amazing fishing destination. The most sought out species are tigerfish and tilapia.
The best times of the year for fishing is when the water is warm – a good reminder is good fishing months all have an “r” in them from September to April. That said, we have still been enjoying some great fishing now in May – all the photos in this story are from early May.
Small tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) are plentiful and are easily caught using artificial lures like spinners and rapalas, the bigger ones are more challenging and have been caught using bait (small fish or fish fillets). The fish caught on the dam range from about 1 to 5.5 kgs (2 to 12 lbs).
Tilapia abound! They include the redbreast tilapia (Tilapia rendalli), the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) and the black tilapia (Oreochromis placidus). The bigger tilapia we catch are the Mozambique ones ranging from 1 to 2,7 kgs (2 to 6 lbs). We catch them using light tackle and earthworms, and depending on water temperature and time of day we either fish on the bottom using a sinker, or near the top using a float.
Also lurking along the base, with a couple of crocodiles, are some enormous sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) which take a lot of muscle to land.
Fishing images kindly supplied by Alex Naert and Colin Koen