Murray cod

Closed season: 1 September to 30 November in all Queensland waters contained in the Murray Darling Drainage Division. An exception to this closed season applies to Beardmore Dam, Beehive Dam, Connolly Dam, Cooby Dam, Coolmunda Dam, Glenlyon Dam and Leslie Dam, Storm King Dam.

  • Murray cod
    Murray cod (Photograph courtesy of Gunther Schmida)
Scientific name

Maccullochella peelii peelii

Frequent misidentifications

Mary River cod

Description

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 shorter  and the caudal peduncle (tail wrist) longer than in the Mary River cod.

Distribution

Found in south western Queensland border lakes and rivers.  Likes areas of low flow, resides around undercut banks and fallen timber.

Size
  • Common length - 65 cm
  • maximum length - 180 cm
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size - 60 cm
  • maximum size - 110 cm
  • possession limit - 2
Closed season 1 September to 30 November in all Queensland waters contained in the Murray Darling Drainage Division. An exception to this closed season applies to Beardmore Dam, Beehive Dam, Connolly Dam, Cooby Dam, Coolmunda Dam, Glenlyon Dam and Leslie Dam, Storm King Dam.

References

  • Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 1997, Fish Guide. Saltwater, Freshwater and Noxious Species. The Great Outdoors Publications, Brisbane
  • 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