- The freshwater tongue sole is found in many freshwater systems across northern Australia.
- The Freshwater Tongue Sole has a flattened, oval-shaped body with a relatively pointed head and a small mouth. Both eyes are located on the right side of the head, and are positioned close to each other. The upper side of the body is typically light to dark brown in colour, with darker blotches and speckles present along the dorsal and lateral surfaces. The lower side of the body is typically white or pale in colour.
- The species is capable of tolerating low salinity levels and can even be found in some brackish water habitats.
- It is known to be an opportunistic feeder, meaning it feeds on a wide variety of prey items, including insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
- Their lifespan is estimated to be around 6-7 years.
Freshwater Tongue Sole are typically targeted in brackish water areas like estuaries. They are considered to be of good quality and has a firm texture and mild flavour.
Species: Cynoglossus heterolepis
The conservation status of freshwater tongue sole, is currently listed as Data Deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means that there is not enough information available to determine the population size or trends of this species.
Fish Taste Quality
Freshwater tongue sole considered to be of good quality and has a firm texture and mild flavour. Often fried, grilled, or baked.
Taste Rating: 3/5
How to catch
Freshwater Tongue Sole
Catch Difficulty: Easy
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Lures, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Worms, Yabbies, Soft plastics, Live minnow
Technique: Keep bait on the bottom, Keep bait close to structure
Popularity: Highly Targeted