Lake Malawi, smaller lakes, reservoirs and rivers offer diverse fishing chances. Light equipment will deal with most situations yet still some equipment is offered for hire at the various resorts, although it’s best if you carry your own.
Most of the 400 and more species found in Lake Malawi are actually tiny tropical aquarium species of fish; mbuna. nonetheless, vundu – the catfish, sungwa or the perch, kampango or the catfish, ngumbo the lake yellow-fish, ncheni or the lake tiger, mpasa or lake salmon, as well as the sanjika the smaller relation to the lake salmon, offer exciting possibilities. Fishing is done all year round although best from September to April.
The finest river to go fishing is generally off banks of the reeds and deep weed beds. River Bua, runs through Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, is best for salmon as well as the North Rukuru, Luweya, and Lufira. Within the Lower River Shire, beneath the Kapichira Falls along the southern border of Majete Wildlife Reserve, there is plenty of the tiger fish, connected further downhill by vundu as well as barbel as the river widens. Heavier equipment plus a boat are desired here. Fishing in the Dry season is between May up to November, and it is probable in the Lower parts of River Shire requiring no license.
The dams plus the streams of Zomba Plateau, Nyika Plateau plus Mount Mulanje are well filled with rainbow trout. And none more than fly fishing is allowed, with flies tied on sole hooks. The best season is between September and April.