Largemouth bass fishing in Namibia
Namibia is a semi-arid country on the southwest coast of Africa. It has some large man-made dams which are primary spots for fishing. Largemouth bass fishing is popular in Namibia due to breeding programs of this alien species indigenous to North America, and many dams have aided their population with the import of this species. Other common species are bream, catfish and yellow fish.
The main dams for largemouth bass fishing are the Hardap Dam in Mariental, Von Bach Dam in Okahandja, Avis Dam in Windhoek and Oanob Dam in Rehoboth. There are some commercial resorts that have added bass fishing to their recreational activities list. These resorts usually have a small dam or ponds stocked with fish species. Bass fishing is now a popular sport in Namibia. There are many outlets that sell fishing gear for largemouth bass in Windhoek, the capital city. The current record of largemouth bass catch in Namibia is held by Richard Grant with a weight of 4.621 kg recorded at Oanob dam.
However, as an invasive species, largemouth bass may have a damaging effect on local fish, causing population reduction or even extinction.
- "National Review of Invasive Alien Species Namibia Report", Ministry of Environment and Tourism, pages 28-29, September 2004.
- Exact Magazine, Renier Van Zyl, John Meinert Printing, page 46, April 2010
- "Global Invasive Species Database". IUCN Species Survival Commission. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
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