Estuary Perch local fish species facts and Limits. Ep’s are a great surface sports fish often mistaken with the Australian Bass. They are enjoyable to catch with lures and ultra-light spinning gear. Estuary perch have been heavily stocked in recent years. This will only increase due to state government initiatives to align with our 10 million by 2022 which is great news for local anglers. This means they can be found in many rivers, lakes and estuaries across the state. EP’s love structure and rock walls and targeting them with ultralight gear with surface styles lures is an amazing form of fishing.

Estuary perch size and catch limits

The minimum size limit is 27cm, with a daily bag limit of 5 of legal size. They can grow up to 70cm but most often you’ll be catching them between 25 and 35cm.

Scientific name

Macquaria colonorum

Bait recommendations for estuary perch

When targeting estuary perch we recommend using prawns and scrub worms. Either on a running sinker rig or suspended from a float.

Lure recommendations for estuary perch

When targeting estuary perch with pres we recommend surface lures between 35mm and 70mm. great surface lure options include small poppers, cicadas, surface minnows and surface pencil lures. Shallow diving lures also work great. These may include bent minnows, Rapala countdown series, nories laydown minnows and shallow diving cranks. You will also catch them on a range of soft plastics lightly weighted. Including curl tails, paddle tails and minnow imitations. Shallow diving hard body lures, spinners and vibes also work well. Mix up the colour range, we like to start with silvers that mimic small baitfish and mullet. 

General tips to catch estuary perch

Ep’s love structure so don’t be afraid to cast right into the structure. With surface lures mix up your retrieval techniques. Sometimes long paused are required, some of our best catches have come by just letting a surface lure sit on the surface.

Rod and rig setup for estuary perch EP’s

Fishing for EP’s requires finesse and control to the target structure. Therefore your best option is an ultralight fishing combo. We recommend a 1-3 or 2-4 kilo graphite spin rod around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 1000 or 2000 size reel spooled with 4 pound line and roughly a rod length of 6-pound fluorocarbon leader.

When bait fishing uses a 2-4 kilo rod that’s around 7 foot in length. Coupled with a 2500 size reel either a float or small running sinker to a swivel and very fine leader.

Great locations to target estuary perch EP’s

Maribyrnong River, Bemm River, Werribee River, Melton Reservoir, Albert Park,

Best times to target estuary perch

Often EP’s are more active right on dawn and dusk then through the night. During the day they will often seek shelter deep within the local structure.

Recreational fishing guide

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link

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