Category Archives: Tilapia
Here is an amazing catch from the Pasig River in Metro Manila. This is a 2 kg Pla-pla or Nile Tilapia ( Oreochromis niloticus ) caught by Bipoy. This is undoubtedly an escaped convict from one of the fish pens in Laguna Lake as these fish are not native to the Philippines. Anglers catch tilapia, knife fish, sea catfish, and many other species of fish in the Pasig. It is great to see this river that was once considered “dead” because of pollution to have great signs of life.
Have you caught a nice fish in the Pasig? Send us your photos and we will share them here.
For those looking for a real laid back fishing experience in small ponds full of fish there is Crocolandia. It is a zoo/animal rescue and conservation effort that is located in Biasong, Talisay City, just south of Cebu City. Here is a map of the spot:
Great place for family fishing trip
Benches to sit Shaded fishing area, Snack bar, other animals to see
Lots of fish and some big ones too
Bamboo poles available at no extra cost
Only two small ponds to fish
Entrance fee (kids-50php, adults-100)
Tilapia, Red Pacu, Striped Snakeheads and possibly others
Crocolandia was started as a sanctuary for the fast disappearing species of Philippines saltwater crocs and alligators. It has since expanded to include a wide variety of both native and introduced species of animals. They have resident biologists and consulting vetrenarians that ensure that the animals, birds and reptiles are healthy and well taken care of.
The fishing ponds at Crocolandia are a relatively new addition to the zoo and provide another fun activity there. The ponds are relatively small and are not that deep but they do hold an abundance of tilapia, snakehead and large pacu. To fish there at Crocolandia just inform the staff and they will assist you.
You can keep the fish that you catch there and purchase them to bring home. However we also recommend that you release the snakeheads to hep keep the already booming population of small tilapia at bay.
( 6/10 ) I rate this spot as a 6 because I prefer fishing in natural wild environments. However if you are looking for a fun spot to take the family this place is excellent.
Don’t forget about the entrance fee.
Ask for a guided tour of the zoo to learn a lot of interesting stuff about the animals.
Say Hi to Lapu-Lapu, the largest Croc that is there. If you are lucky you may catch them at feeding time.
Here is their well kept Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Crocolandia
Common Name: Tilapia
Local Name: Pla pla (Tagalog), Tilapia(Cebuano)
Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater, Introduced
Depth: 0 – 6 meters
Fishing Season: All Year Long
This is one of the larger growing tilapia species that can be caught in Philippines waters. It is a species that reportedly was introduced into the Philippines in 1972 as a food fish which has been released into many bodies of water deliberately or indirectly by these fish escaping from fish pens. These fish are primarily herbivores and can grow over 3kgs in weight. They also do occasionally take other baits such as worms, and even small lures. This 1.2kg fish took a Berkley plastic trout worm that I wacky rigged on a weightless hook. This fish are excellent food fish and are now a common food fish on Luzon. I have come to see though that these fish are not as highly valued by the Visayas probably due to the vast amount to saltwater fish available.
I went fishing in a saltwater pond here in Cebu not long ago and was surprised to catch this little saltwater tilapia. I am not sure what species this tilapia is or how they got to Cebu, so I will have to do some research. Any comments with information regarding this are welcome. Thanks
Common Name: Tilapia,
Local Name: Tilapia (Tagalog); Tilapia (Cebuano)
Max Size: 40 cm
Biodiversity: Freshwater, Brackish
Depth: 1 – 7 m
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: 6 inches
Recommended Bait/Lures: Worms, Masa (doughbait), algae; flies
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (NE)
I went fishing this morning in the Mabacan River hoping to catch some carp that I have heard inhabit our area. I was not able to catch any carp, though I was able to hook this tilapia on a doughball and corn. I think I am now convinced that these are Red Bellied Tilapia in our river. There may be other species as well, but this is the only one that I can identify with certainty. These are an introduced species.
There are many varieties of Tilapia that can be caught in the country. All of these species were introduced. Tilapia can be difficult to catch at times because they primarily feed on vegetation. I have fished for them in may lakes and rivers here in laguna and have caught them on many different things including worms, doughballs, corn, spinners, small plastic worms, flys, and more. The first Tilapia is a 9″er that I caught in the Mabacan River on a worm. The larger tilapia are known in this area as Pla pla.