Bass (Maquaria Novemaculatea)
recent years the popularity of bass fishing has increased mainly
due to the stocking programs in our local lakes, creeks and rivers.
While taking the name of the renown bass of the Americas, Australian
bass are a totally different species of fish that are uniquely
The natural range extends south from the Mary River in Qld all
the way to the southern coast of Victoria. They normally live
in the upper tidal reaches of rivers as far upstream as 150 km
from the mouths.
On the table bass are rather poor compared to their distant salt
water relations, mangrove jack, but are highly regarded for their
fighting ability. Their ability to straighten hooks and snag up
unweary anglers is attributed to their solid bodies and large
paddle tails that produce a lot of power over a short distance.
In recent years, bass have been stocked into nearly all south
east Qld lakes. These fish have changes their riverine habits
of holding around snags and are more commonly found in open water
schools where they actively feed on the millions of bony bream
present in most lakes.
The best way of finding these large open water fish is by using
a quality depth sounder/fish finder. Once located try using a
lure that swims at the fishes level or just above as bass will
rise to take a lure or bait but will rarely chase one deeper.
If a sounder hasn't yet made the budget, try trolling lures along
steep banks and drop off that are close to submerged river beds
and drop-offs. Once a fish is caught, continue to work the same
area as there are should be more of them around.
There is a Queensland bag limit of two bass per person in possession
and a minimum size limit of 30 cm.