Lake Victoria perch (Nile perch)

Lates niloticus


The Lake Victoria perch is the largest freshwater fish in Africa. It can grow to be up to two metres long, and can weigh up to 200 kg.


Its white, firm, bone-free meat is aromatic and has a very pleasant taste.


Naturland Wildfish

Natural habitat

Dieser Fisch kommt im tropischen und subtropischen Afrika in allen bedeutenden Flusssystemen (Nil, Schari, Senegal, Volta und Kongo) vor. In den Victoriasee wurde der Nilbarsch Anfang der 1960er Jahre vom Menschen ausgesetzt.


The shoaling Lake Victoria perch, also known as the Nile perch, inhabits its living waters at a depth of between 10 to 60 metres. Adult fish prefer deeper water.


They feed on all fish species, including their own. If available, cichlids account for up to 95% of the fish species consumed. Smaller specimen feed on crustaceans, insects and plankton.


Females are usually larger than males. The Nile perch has a grey upper side with a blue shimmer. Its sides and stomach are silver. Its eyes are black with gold rings.


This fish lives in tropical and subtropical Africa, in all of the continent's major rivers (Nile, Shari, Senegal, Volta and Congo). The perch was introduced to Lake Victoria by humans in the early 1960s.

Fishing method


Bottom-set gillnets and bottom-set gillnets are fishing nets consisting of a simple net wall of single twine or braided nylon line. The fish is caught when it tries to swim through the net and gets stuck with its gills. An advantage of this type of fishing is the possibility of catching fish of a certain size or species in a targeted manner by means of mesh size and placement of the net.

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