Blue Mountains Perch

Macquaria sp. nov.
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Quick Facts

Scientific name Macquaria sp. nov.
Other names Blue Mountains Trout, Mountain Trout, Mountain Perch
Size Up to 23 cm (9.05 in)
Weight Under 1 kg (2.2 lb)


Habitat & AU Distribution Freshwater stream & creeks amongst rocky areas & boulders
Depth Range 0 - 4 m (13 ft)
Blue Mountains Perch Distribution

Interesting Info

  • The Blue Mountains Perch is a freshwater fish species found only in Australia. It is also known as the Blue Mountains Trout and Mountain Trout.
  • It is typically found in clear, cold, fast-flowing streams and rivers in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales.
  • The Blue Mountains Perch has a distinctive olive-green to brownish coloration on the back and sides, with a white or cream-colored belly.
  • They are an omnivorous fish that feeds on a variety of prey such as insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
  • The Blue Mountains Perch is a territorial fish that defends its preferred habitat and food resources from other individuals.
  • The Blue Mountains Perch has a relatively low reproductive rate, with females producing only a few hundred eggs per year.
  • They are considered a threatened species due to habitat degradation, pollution, and introduced predators such as the European Carp.
  • The Blue Mountains Perch is a slow-growing species and can take up to 10 years to reach maturity.
Species Interaction

Recreational Fishing

Recreational fishing of Blue Mountains Perch is allowed in New South Wales, Australia, but only with the appropriate permits and under certain regulations. The species is protected under the New South Wales Fisheries Management Act 1994, and there are restrictions on the number of fish that can be caught, as well as size limits and gear restrictions.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Percichthyidae

Genus: Macquaria

Species: sp. nov. ‘Hawkesbury’

Conservation Status

The Blue Mountains Perch is classified as a threatened species under the Australian government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Its conservation status is listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List.

Fish Taste Quality

Blue Mountains perch is not considered to be a good table fish due to its small size, it is also listed as a threatened species and should not be consumed.

Taste Rating: no rating

How to catch
Blue Mountains Perch

Catch Difficulty: Intermediate

Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig

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

Technique: Slowly sink bait towards bottom, Cast lures with a slow retrieve, Cast lures close to structure

Popularity: Popular

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