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Mary River cod

Closed season: 1 September to 30 November in all Queensland non-tidal waters (including stocked impoundments). During open season, Mary River cod is a no take species if captured outside of the stocked impoundments listed below.

  • Mary River cod
    Mary River cod
Scientific name

Maccullochella peelii mariensis

Frequent misidentifications

Murray cod

  • body colouration; golden-yellow to green to dark brown mottling, soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins have thin white margins.
  • head profile concave, with large mouth, extending back to behind the eye.
  • The pelvic fins are longer and the caudal peduncle (tail wrist) shorter than in the Murray cod.
  • Reportedly grow to 40kg, but uncommon over 70cm and 5kg.

Restricted to the Mary river catchment and stocked in some SEQ impoundments. Likes areas of low flow, resides around undercut banks and fallen timber.

  • common length - 50 cm
  • maximum length - 120 cm
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size - 50 cm from listed stocked impoundments.
  • possession limit - 1 from listed stocked impoundments below.
  • NO TAKE SPECIES IN ALL OTHER WATERS. If accidentally caught, these species should immediately and carefully be returned to the water.
Stocked impoundments where Mary River cod can be taken

Upstream of the walls of Cressbrook, Hinze, Maroon, Moogerah, North Pine, Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams and lakes Dyer (Bill Gunn dam) and Clarendon.


  • Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 1997, Fish Guide. Saltwater, Freshwater and Noxious Species. The Great Outdoors Publications, Brisbane
  • FishBase - A global information system on fishes
  • Fisheries Act 1994 and Fisheries Regulation 2008
  • Grant, EM, 1997, Grant's Guide To Fishes. EM Grant Pty Limited, Brisbane
  • Merrick, JR and Schmida GE, 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes: Biology and Management. Griffin Press Limited, South Australia
  • Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H., and Allen, M. Freshwater fishes of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Victoria.
  • Schmida, G. Freshwater Fishes. Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd., Queensland.

Further information

Last updated 28 January 2016