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Largemouth Yellowfish

freshwater fish | Namibia

Introduction: Yellowfish including the largemouth yellowfish (Barbus kimberleyensis) grow to a large size and live for many years. They prefer flowing water in deep channels or below rapids, hence there preference for the Orange River, but they can also survive quite well in dams. They are a popular angling species in Namibia and are known to give as good as they get on a light tackle of a variety of lures and live bait. The largemouth yellowfish is becoming scarce and is therefore being artificially cultured and restocked.

Distribution: The Vaal-Orange River system including Fish River Canyon on the southern boundaries of Namibia, usually found in the larger tributaries and dams.

Diet: Largemouth yellowfish are primarily predators and will initially feed on insects and small crustaceans and fish over 300mm in full length.

Colouring: They are silvery when young, turning olive grey or light olive yellow in adults.

Breeding: Breeding season is mid to late summer over gravel beds in running water. Males mature at 6 years and females after 8 years. Individuals have been known to live for up to 12 years.

Size: Females are known to grow larger than males with a maximum recorded size of 22kg and 825mm full length.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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