- The Clarence River Cod, also known as the Eastern Freshwater Cod, is a species of freshwater fish that is native to eastern Australia. Typically found in the upper reaches of rivers and streams, particularly in the Clarence River system in New South Wales.
- They have a unique appearance, with a broad, flattened head, large mouth, and distinctive markings including dark blotches and stripes on its body.
- The fish is a top predator in its ecosystem, feeding on a range of aquatic creatures including fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.
- They are listed as a threatened species under the New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act.
- Clarence River Cod prefers clear, fast-flowing water with deep pools, submerged logs, and overhanging vegetation for shelter and spawning.
- They are a long-lived species, with some individuals known to live for over 30 years.
Recreational & Commercial Fishing
Recreational and commercial fishing, as well as habitat destruction, have had significant impacts on Clarence River Cod populations in Australia. Fishing pressure is now heavily regulated, with effective conservation strategies required to support healthy populations and maintain the species’ ecological and cultural importance.
Species: Maccullochella ikei
The Clarence River Cod is listed as a threatened species under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It is also listed as an endangered species under the New South Wales Fisheries Management Act 1994.
Fish Taste Quality
Clarence River cod is considered to be a good table fish, however is listed as a threatened species and should not be consumed.
Taste Rating: no rating
How to catch
Clarence River Cod
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Lures, Prawns, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics, Live minnow, Insects, Flies
Technique: Keep bait close to structure, Cast lures with a slow retrieve, Cast lures close to structure