Bass Australian


The Australian Bass (Macquaria novemaculeata) belongs to the family of Percichthyidae. It⁤ is a sportfish iconic ​to the east coast of Australia, known‍ for ⁣its elusive nature and challenging catch.

Conservation Status

The‍ Australian Bass currently faces no immediate threat ⁢to its preservation. Conservation efforts have focused on habitat restoration, due to loss⁢ of spawning grounds ⁤from dam construction, and ​seasonal fishing closures to allow for​ successful spawning.


Statistic Average Range
Length 30cm 20cm – 50cm
Weight 1kg 0.5kg – 3kg
Life Span 25 Years


Australian ‍Bass are native⁢ to coastal rivers⁣ and streams along the east coast of ‍Australia ⁢from Fraser Island in Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. ‍They migrate downstream ⁢to brackish waters in spring to spawn.


Australian Bass inhabit‍ freshwater⁤ and brackish⁤ environments. They favour water temperatures between⁣ 15-25°C‌ and depths⁣ of up to 5 meters.

When and⁤ Where to ‍See

Bass are most active during the warmer months of September to ⁢April. They are most visible during‌ dusk and ⁣dawn.

Best⁣ Fishing Locations

Australian Bass can​ be‍ found in​ the following locations:

  1. Georges River, NSW
  2. Hawkesbury River, NSW
  3. Manning River, NSW
  4. Tweed River, NSW
  5. Clarence River, NSW

General Tips: Look for areas with a flow of‍ water‌ such⁢ as waterfalls, rapids ⁤or any aerated water as bass ‌often reside there.

How to Catch

Preferred bait:​ Crayfish, yabbies ‌or prawns.
Preferred technique: Surface⁣ lure​ casting⁤ or⁢ fly ‌fishing.
Best Time: Dawn or Dusk.

Identification Guide

The Australian Bass has a green to olive back ⁤with a more silver or gold belly. They have a moderately ⁣deep, compressed body and forked ​caudal fins. They‍ may be mistaken for their counterparts, the Estuary ⁢Perch, ‍which has a more straight ​profile.


Bass ⁣are popular for their firm, white meat with a mild ⁤flavor. They can be cooked‌ in many ways: grilled, baked or pan-fried. Australian Bass curry is ‌a⁢ popular ⁢dish among anglers.

Additional Information

Bass⁢ are ‌carnivorous and feed mainly ‍on invertebrates and small fish. They face predation mainly from larger fish‌ and birds. The Australian Bass holds cultural significance ‌for the traditional custodians of the land,⁤ providing both a food source and material for tools and ‌implements.

References and Further Reading

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