King George Whiting


The King George⁢ Whiting, ⁢scientifically⁣ known as Sillaginodes punctatus, belongs to the Sillaginidae family, also known as the‌ Smelt-whitings due​ to their close​ resemblance.

Conservation Status

The King George⁢ Whiting is classified‍ as ⁣’Not​ Evaluated’ as it is not considered to be ⁤at risk. ⁤Despite not⁤ being on the endangered list, there ⁣have been considerable efforts to ensure sustainable fishing of this species.


Average Length Range Length Average Weight Range Weight Average Lifespan
40cm 25-72cm 0.5kg 0.2-4.8kg 10 years


The King George Whiting is ⁤predominantly found in the southern regions of Australia. However, they may undertake local migrations due to changes ⁣in water temperature ⁢between seasons.


King George Whiting prefer marine waters, at⁤ depths ranging from 1m to 80m. They can also‌ be found​ in estuaries. The Preferred water temperature is between⁢ 14℃‌ and 20℃.

When and Where to See

King George ⁤Whiting are present throughout the year but are most abundant during the warmer months, from⁤ October to April. As for the time of‌ day, they tend to be most active during dusk and dawn.

Best Fishing⁣ Locations

King George⁣ Whiting can be ​found in several locations across Australia, and here are a few top spots:

  1. Portland, Victoria
  2. Streaky Bay, South Australia
  3. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  4. Port Phillip Bay, Victoria
  5. Spencer Gulf, South Australia
  6. Corio Bay, Victoria

Knowing their preferred‍ habitats as well as their​ feeding time can guide you towards your potential catch.

How to Catch

King George ⁢Whiting are​ known to⁤ be attracted to a variety of baits, but they seem to favour ⁣pipis, squid, and sand worms.⁣ As for⁢ the fishing techniques, they respond well to bottom fishing and drift fishing. The best time to catch ⁤them would either be in‌ the early‍ morning‍ or late in​ the evening.

Identification Guide

King George Whiting possess a relatively elongate body ⁢with brownish blotches over a silver-white body. They ⁤can be distinguished from other Sillaginid species ​by​ their first dorsal‍ fin, which starts above the pectoral fin, and their brownish colouration.


King George Whiting is⁢ highly‍ regarded in culinary circles⁢ for⁢ its delicate flavour and fine, white flesh. ⁢Rich in Omega-3, it is also low⁣ in fat making it a healthy choice. They ‌can be baked, grilled, or fried,‍ and have a​ subtle flavour which makes them suitable for​ a variety of recipes.

Additional​ Information

Predators of the King ⁣George Whiting‌ include⁣ larger fish​ such as Snapper or⁢ Sharks, and marine birds.​ The⁣ biggest threat is overfishing.

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