Egypt – Fishing Season

Generally speaking the year is divided into two seasons winter and summer (northern hemisphere).

Season A: from February to end of July

From approximately mid March through to the end of July the Nile perch can be found in shallow water. This is because Tilapia, the Nile perch’s principal prey, are spawning and then after spawning the huge population of Tilapia fry are growing up; all this takes place in water between 10 to 20 feet.

This is a good time of the year for shore fishing and fly-fishing. Trolling provides good sport using shallower lures. There are still a lot of big Nile Perch around but they tend to be less concentrated in one area than during Season B

Season B: from mid October until end of January

The lake is at its highest level and the Nile perch are found in deeper water. From observation we feel the bigger Nile perch are feeding up to get ready for spawning which takes place sometime in January / February. Year after year we capture bigger fish during this season and almost all these fish are caught trolling over underwater promontories and sunken islands. The winter months are not the best time for shore fishing. Also, fly-fishing is difficult because it is harder to get down to the fish lying in deeper water.

If you want to capture the big fish then Season B is your best bet. Season A will provide you with more action but the average size of the fish captured tends to be smaller. When referring to smaller Nile perch we mean fish between 15lb & 50lb, the bigger Nile perch can grow to 200lb +

We are often asked, ‘What can I expect to catch on a safari?’ Fishing being fishing, who knows for sure? Most anglers can expect to capture at least one Nile perch of 50lb plus. Beyond that, anythings possible perhaps even another world record? We do not like to promise Nile perch of 100 pounds plus – they are there and they are often caught – we have broken the last 3 (IGFA approved) Nile perch all tackle world records with fish of over 200 pounds

Q: Is there a spawning season that we want to avoid, if so when is it?
A: Mid January to end February approximately

Q: Is there a cyclone season or a time of year that we would want to avoid due to adverse weather conditions?
A: Lake Nasser being in the middle of the Sahara desert has a dry desert climate – please see the weather section in the attached Guide

Q: We are interested in the catfish and tiger fish fishing as well (although Perch are the priority) is there a better time for this?
A: Not really Catfish, Tiger and the Nile perch are predators of more or less the same prey.

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