Sudan catfish in Africa – The commonly known Sudan catfish, the Synodontis frontosus, known as the Sudan squeaker, is a species of upside down Catfish that is widely distributed throughout northern and central Africa. It has been reported in Chad, Democratic republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda, It was first described by French Zoologist Leon Vaillant in 1895, from specimens collected in the White Nile Sudan. The specimen name frontosus is Latin, and means “broad head”.
Our Great adventure safaris specialist guides recommend fishing for Sudan catfish North West of Uganda’s main capital Kampala in the famous victoria falls in Murchison falls national park where the area is protected hence restricting commercial fishing where big Nile perch have been caught on dead baits during fishing safaris below the Murchison falls regardless of the season of the year if you have Dead baits you have high chances of catching the Nile perch on hook with a fishing rod.
For the local economy the Catfish is a big source of food for the local economy and it is regarded the best species of fish as it has less bones on the body compared to other fish species.
Mature Sudan catfish in Africa can lay between 4000-100,000 eggs, and breeding males can fertilizer as many as 9 spawns a season with the high breeding mechanism allows the fish to breed widely throughout the year making them less endangered as they will need water temperatures between 24-27 degrees Celsius.
An average of 45 kgs was recorded below Murchison falls being caught on dead bait below the falls but on ordinary commercial fishing nets a record of 100 kgs was caught.
Catfish largely omnivore, feeding mainly on fatal plankton, zoo plankton, Detritus, plant tissues, insects and other dead organic matter in the water. For more about fishing safaris in Africa contact our specialist fishing Guides through email for a perfect fishing safari.