The⁢ species commonly referred to as Tigerfish belongs to the family ⁢known as​ Alestidae. Tigerfish are renowned for​ their strong, aggressive nature, boasting sharp teeth and a distinctive striped pattern reminiscent of a tiger.

Conservation Status

Currently, Tigerfish is not​ under any specific threat as per the global conservation ⁣status. The species are thriving⁤ in appropriate habitats. Conservation efforts mainly revolve around keeping their natural habitats clean of pollution.


Length Weight Average Lifespan
Average: 70 cm, Range: 50-100 cm Average: 10-15 kg, Range: 8-20 kg Around 10 to 15 years


Tigerfish ‍are primarily found in the freshwater rivers and bodies of sub-Saharan Africa. Their distribution ranges from the Nile River to as far west as the Congo, and south as the Zambezi. ⁢Tigerfish do not have specific migration patterns as such but are known to travel for feeding and spawning.


  • Water Type: Freshwater
  • Depth Range: Shallow to mid-depths
  • Temperature Range: Prefer ⁣warm tropical climates

When ​and Where to See

Tigerfish populations peak in the summer months.⁣ They are most‍ active and easiest to spot during dawn and dusk when they feed.

Best Fishing Locations

Tigerfish are commonly found in the following waters:

  1. Lower Zambezi River, Zambia
  2. Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe/Zambia border
  3. Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo
  4. Nile ‌River, Sudan
  5. Lake Jozini, South Africa
  6. Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
  7. Lake Victoria, Uganda
  8. Okavango River, Botswana
  9. Orange ⁤River, South Africa
  10. Lake Nasser, Egypt

How to Catch

Tigerfish respond well to​ shiny lures due to their predatory nature. Techniques such as trolling, bottom fishing, and⁢ fly fishing are effective. The best time to catch a Tigerfish is early morning⁣ or late evening when they are most active.

Identification Guide

Tigerfish have a ⁤distinctive look, sporting sharp teeth and a prominent, streamlined body with striking silver or golden scales, and black stripes. They are typically distinguishable ​from other species by their large size and striped pattern.


Tigerfish are lean and have ⁣a strong,​ unique taste. Methods of cooking can range from grilling, steaming to smoking.

  • Taste Profile: Strong, unique taste, somewhat like bass
  • Nutritional Information: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins
  • Popular Recipe: ​Grilled Tigerfish⁤ with lemon and garlic

Additional Information

Feeding Habits: As a ⁤predator, Tigerfish feed on smaller fish. They‌ are known ‍for ​their aggressive nature and speed.

Predators and Threats: Larger predatory fish‌ and humans are the primary threats to Tigerfish.

Cultural/ Historical Significance: Tigerfish is⁣ revered in local folklore in parts of Africa, often considered a symbol of power and strength.

References⁣ and Further Reading