Australian Bass | Macquaria novemaculeata

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Common Name: Australian Bass
Species Name: Macquaria novemaculeata

Australian Bass are prized and exciting recreational sportfish. Australian Bass are often olive-green to bronze coloured along the back, becoming cream or silvery along the belly, the fins are mostly dusky brown to black. The tips of the anal and pelvic fins are white. Juvenile fish under 12cm long are banded and have a dark blotch on the gill cover. Australian Bass grow to 60cm and can weigh up to 4kg, although more frequently caught at around the 35cm or 1kg mark.

Image Courtesy of: Big River Bass Fly Fishing Club

Australian bass range from the Mary River, Fraser coast regions of South East Queensland, coastal rivers of New South Wales and into Gippsland Lakes in Victoria.

Queensland’s Stocked Impounds
Baroon Pocket, Bjelke-Petersen, Boondooma, Borumba, Cania, Cressbrook, Fred Haig (Lake Monduran), Gordonbrook, Hinze, Lenthalls, Maroon, Moogerah, North Pine, Somerset, Wuruma, and Wivenhoe Dams, as well as Claude Wharton and Jones Weirs, Isis Balancing Storage (Lake Gregory), and Lakes Clarendon, Dyer (Bill Gunn Dam), and MacDonald.

Light tackle and Fly rod

Surface & Deep Diving
diving plugs, minnows, surface lures, poppers, crawlers, spinners, spoons, spinner baits, Artifical Fly and Soft plastics.

Small fish, Shrimps, Yabbies, Crickets.

Australian Bass Recipes

Resource Links
Fish Base

Australian Bass Size and Bag Limits

Please Note: Bag limits, minimum and maximum lengths are subject to change and review by your State Fisheries Department.

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