Estuary Perch local fish species facts and Limits. Ep’s are a great surface sports fish often mistaken with the Australian Bass. These guys have been heavily stocked in recent years 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 ultra light gear with surface styles lures is an amazing form of fishing.

Size & Limits: 

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:

prawns and scrub worms suspended from a float.

Lure Recommendations:

Surface lures between 35mm and 70mm are ideal. Start with small poppers, surface minnows and pencil lures. You will also catch them with grub style soft plastics with a very light jig head and shallow diving hard body lures and vibes.


Ep’s love structure so don’t be afraid to cast right into 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/Rig setup:

Fishing for EP’s requires finesse and control to target structure. Therefore your best option is an ultra light 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 use 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 them

Bemm river, Albert Park,

Best times:

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.