- Freshwater Anchovy is known as the largest of anchovy.
- Smaller freshwater anchovies are often mistaken for a minnows.
- These fish are omnivores and primarily feed on small crustaceans, fish, insects and some plant life.
- No established lifespan, presumably between 3 and 5 years, like many others in its family.
- They are an important food source in the food chain.
- The main predators of anchovy include seabirds, larger predatory fish and marine mammals.
Freshwater anchovy also known as the Freshwater Thryssa are fairly common in Northern Territory and Queensland Rivers. It is thought to be the only anchovy restricted to brackish or freshwaters.
The Bareback has been spotted in parts of northern Australia and the Gulf of Papua.
Species: Thryssa scratchleyi
There is little information on the conservation status of the Freshwater Anchovy. This species has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Fish Taste Quality
Freshwater anchovy are a edible fish but not a targeted species for consumption.
Taste Rating: 1/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Floater Rig
Bait: Lures, Prawns
Technique: Slowly sink bait towards bottom
Popularity: Not targeted