Salmon (Australian)


The Australian‌ Salmon, scientifically known⁢ as Arripis trutta, is a fascinating species from⁤ the Arripidae family.⁢ This fish, despite‍ its name, is not a true salmon but it⁢ is more closely related to ‍the Australian herring.

Conservation Status

Today, Australian Salmon is classified by the FishBase ​as ‘Not Evaluated’. However,‍ Australian fisheries management aims to ensure long-term sustainability of fish stocks ⁤and⁤ minimise environmental impact.


The Australian Salmon is a robust species, with the following statistics:

Description Average Range
Length 60 cm 30 – 75 cm
Weight 2 – 3 kg 1 ‌- 4 kg
Lifespan 26⁤ years N/A

Distribution and‍ Migration ​Patterns

Australian ⁢Salmon⁣ are widely distributed along the southern ‍coastline of Australia, from southern⁢ Queensland to western Australia, including Tasmania. Adults follow cooler water ⁣around southern Australia,⁤ migrating counter-clockwise in Victoria and Tasmania, and clockwise in ​South Australia and Western Australia.


Preferred‍ habitats⁤ of ​the Australian Salmon ⁣include open water, reefs, and estuaries. They live in ⁤a depth range ‍from surface level to 30 metres. Temperature-wise, they thrive in ​cooler waters.

When ⁢and ⁣Where to See

Australian Salmon can be found year-round, but they are most abundant during the winter months. Early morning and ⁢late afternoon are often the best‌ times to spot them.

Best Fishing Locations

The top locations for fishing Australian Salmon include:

  1. Port Phillip Bay, Victoria
  2. Lake Tyers,​ Victoria
  3. Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
  4. Tasmania’s East Coast
  5. Great Australian Bight
  6. Perth, Western Australia

General tips for finding Australian ⁢Salmon include looking for birds diving, which can indicate schools ⁤of fish, and following cool water temperatures.

How to Catch

Preferred baits for catching⁣ Australian Salmon⁢ include ​pilchards, whitebait,⁤ and squid. Techniques such as lure casting, trolling, and surf ⁣fishing‍ are popular. The best time for fishing Australian Salmon is during‌ the ​cooler winter months and ‌early morning or late⁤ afternoon.

Identification Guide

Australian Salmon are large, with a steel-blue to‍ grey dorsally and ⁣silver-white ⁤ventrally. Younger fish have more pronounced spots. Their body is streamlined with ​a ​forked tail and a slightly ⁣pointed head. ‍

Culinary​ Information

Australian⁣ Salmon is a⁢ versatile fish that can be baked, fried, grilled, or smoked. ‌Its taste ​is ‌rather strong, oily, and fishy. It’s a good source ‍of ⁣protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty ⁤acids.

Additional Information

Australian Salmon feed predominantly on small baitfish. Their natural ⁣predators include larger fish and marine mammals. They are also targeted by commercial​ and recreational fishers. The Australian Salmon holds a significant place within the recreational angling community​ and ‌has been known to be called ‘the football of the sea’ due to their ⁣aerial acrobatics ⁢and sheer power when hooked.

References and Further Reading

For more comprehensive information on ‌Australian Salmon, the ‌following resources are recommended:

  • Fishes of Australia: Provides extensive information on Australian⁣ Salmon including habitat and ⁣diet.
  • NSW Department of Primary Industry: Gives an in-depth look at the Australian Salmon and ⁤their importance to local fishing communities.