Southern Saratoga | Scleropages leichardti

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Common Name: Southern Saratoga
Species Name: Scleropages leichardti

The Southern Saratoga is also known as the Spotted Barramundi and Dawson River Salmon. The body colour is generally olive green to brownish on the upper back and flanks becoming lighter down the body to a whitish belly area. The Southern Saratoga has large scales each having an orange or red spot. Other distinctive features are the lower jaw with two barbels this slopes forward aligning close to the top of the head, also the dorsal fin is set back on the body in the area that slopes down toward the tail fin allowing the fish to hunt undetected on the water surface. The Southern Saratoga can grow to approximately 4kg and up to 90 cm however it more commonly caught at around the 50cm mark
Native to the Fitzroy River system however stocking has seen the Southern Saratoga introduced to the Brisbane River, Burnett River, Dawson River, Noosa River, Borumba Dam, Cressbrook Dam, Hinze Dam, Lake Somerset and Wivenhoe Dam

Light Tackle

Minnows, Poppers, Plugs and Fly.

Small Fish, Freshwater Shrimps, Freshwater Yabbies and Insects.
Southern Saratoga 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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