Australian Bass

Percalates novemaculeata
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Percalates novemaculeata
Other names Australian Perch, Eastern Freshwater Perch, Freshwater Perch
Size Up to 60 cm (23.6 in)
Weight Under 4 kg (8.8 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Fresh & brackish waters in lakes, dams, estuaries, rivers & creeks near structure & wood debris
Depth Range 1 - 10 m (3 - 32 ft)
Australian Bass Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Australian bass is a species of freshwater fish that is native to the east coast of Australia.
  • They have a streamlined body shape with a slightly compressed head. Their colouring is a dark greenish-blue colour on their back, fading to a lighter silver colour on their sides, and a white belly.
  • These fish are primarily found in freshwater rivers and streams, but can also be found in estuaries and saltwater environments during their juvenile stage.
  • They are typically found in waterways with clear, fast-moving water and a lot of cover, such as rocks, logs, and undercut banks.
  • Australian bass are carnivorous and feed on a variety of prey, including insects, crustaceans, fish, and amphibians.
  • These fish are known to be long-lived, with individuals living up to 30 years in the wild.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing

Australian bass fishing is a popular pastime among anglers in Australia. These fish are highly prized for their challenging nature and fighting ability, making them a favourite among sport fishermen. Many fishing tournaments and competitions are held each year, with participants vying for prizes and bragging rights.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Percichthyidae

Genus: Macquaria

Species: Macquaria novemaculeata

Conservation Status

The conservation status of Australian bass is currently listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Fish Taste Quality

Australian bass is considered to be a good table fish. They have firm, white flesh with a delicate flavour that is often compared to that of sea bass or snapper.

Taste Rating: 3/5

How to catch
Australian Bass

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Floater Rig, Artificial Rig

Bait: Lures, Worms, Soft plastics, Live minnow, Insects, Flies

Technique: Keep bait close to structure, Cast lures with a slow retrieve, Cast lures close to structure

Popularity: Highly Targeted