Other Common Names
Perch, Gippsland perch
In western Victoria often incorrectly called Australian bass
10 Kg (22 lb). In Victoria frequently to 540 mm and 4 Kg (21" and
Most common in estuarine waters. Generally prefers more saline water than
Australian bass, with which it is often confused, but nevertheless quite
often found in locations with very low salinity.
Coastal rivers and lakes from the Richmond River in northern New South
Wales through the whole of the Victorian coast as far west as mouth of
the Murray River in South Australia. Abundant in most streams in its distribution,
especially in southern New South Wales and Victoria.
Spawning is believed to occur in the lower sections of estuaries. Breeding
may commence as early as July to August in New South Wales, but usually
occurs much later, into November or December, in Victorian waters, especially
in the western regions.
Estuary perch appear to feed loser to the bottom and have a less varied
diet to that of Australian bass.
Their diet consists mainly of shrimps, prawns, worms, bivalve moluscs
and smaller fish.
Usually overlooked as an angling target, estuary perch are a good fighting
fish and is readily taken on artificial lures and baits such as sand worms,
prawns and Bass yabbies.
to run "hot and cold" and
often seems to move up and down the lower parts of rivers streams with
the tide, perhaps maintaining some
preferred salinity level. Can be very abundant at times.
Easily confused with Australian bass, may be differentiated by their deeper,
less cylindrical shape, their relatively larger mouth and their relatively
more pointed snout.
On the table
Very good eating.
In the aquarium
Not really suitable for aquarium use, estuary perch often do not handle
well and can be difficult to maintain especially in summer.