- Bullrout are a euryhaline fish species living in fresh, salt and brackish waters found in southeastern Australia, including the Murray-Darling Basin.
- They are often called “freshwater stonefish” due to their resemblance to the venomous marine stonefish found in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Bullrouts have a distinctive appearance, with a large flattened head, small eyes, and a thick, powerful body covered in rough scales.
- They have a venomous spine on their dorsal fin that can cause severe pain and swelling if handled or stepped on.
- They are ambush predators that feed on a variety of prey, including insects, crustaceans, and small fish. Bullrouts are known for their strong, muscular jaws that allow them to crush and consume their prey.
- Estimates of lifespan are up to 7 years with a 4 year average.
- The main predators of Bullrouts’ include larger fish species such as Murray cod, golden perch, and eels. Birds such as herons and cormorants have also been known to prey on bullrouts.
Recreational & Commercial Fishing
Bullrouts are primarily targeted by recreational anglers, who fish for them as a sport fish. They are not generally considered a commercially valuable fish species due to their relatively small size and limited distribution. However, they are sometimes sold in local fish markets or used as bait for other fish species.
Species: Notesthes robusta
The conservation status of bullrouts varies depending on the specific population and location. In general, they are considered a species of “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to their relatively wide distribution and relatively stable populations in many parts of their range.
Fish Taste Quality
Bullrout are a edible fish but not a highly targeted species for consumption.
Taste Rating: 1/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Lures, Prawns, Worms, Soft plastics, Live minnow
Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Cast lures with a slow retrieve
Popularity: Not targeted
As Aquarium Fish
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With caution
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons