Golden perch or yellow belly, as they are commonly called, are a good betta, they are powerful buyers of bait and bait. Early morning and evening are the best times of the day. When the water rises, you can catch them almost anywhere on the shore. If the water does not rise, throw your bait near the hooks (fallen wood, ledges or underground structures where they could hunt for shelter). Bib baits and spinner baits are worth trying. A common lead works well with some people, and the sinkers at the bottom work well for the angler who usually fishes this way. Shrimp, worms and small yabbies are the most popular baits, and yellow perch take shrimp when the other 3 are not available. The yellow perch is a medium-sized fish, usually 30-40 cm and 1-2 kg in rivers. Golden yellow perch can vary greatly in shape and size.

River fish are smaller and somewhat streamlined. Fish in artificial reservoirs are much deeper and have much larger average and maximum sizes. Golden yellow perch has been recorded up to 9 kg in rivers and up to 15 kg in reservoirs. This is a valuable fish – so please fish according to the rules!!! It is important to know the rules that apply to fishing. These include catch restrictions and minimum size restrictions for different types of fish. A pocket limit indicates how many fish you are allowed to keep in a day. A minimum size limit is the size of a fish so you can keep it. Golden yellow perch (yellow belly) occurs naturally in four Australian river basins. Linked maps are listed to see goldfish (Macquaria ambigua) in their natural range. Golden perch up to 76 cm long and weighing 23 kg have been recorded.

However, they are usually measured between 40 and 50 cm in length and 5 kg in weight. Fish that are stocked in tanks generally grow to larger sizes than those found naturally in river systems. Yellow perch, also known as yellow-bellied yellow perch, callos, yellow perch, yellow perch or whitefish, naturally inhabits the Murray-Darling River system (except at high elevations) and exists in the internal drainage systems of Lake Eyre and the Bulloo River. Recent evidence suggests that there may be a genetic difference between populations leading to the existence of a distinct species. Gold Yellow Perch abundance has declined significantly in the Murray Darling due to migratory barriers and changes in flow patterns and temperature stratification as a result of dam and dam construction. Golden perch has been moved to other rivers in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. They prefer warm, slow and murky streams. Their color varies from bronze, olive or brownish with a yellow to white underside. The medium fins are grey-black, while the paired fins are dark grey to yellowish.

Juveniles are silvery with scattered gray spots on the sides and dark gray fins. This species belongs to the family Percichthyidae. Adult yellow perch are medium to large in size and have a bronze, olive green to brownish color with a yellow ventral surface. The forehead is clearly concave above the eyes, and the lower jaw protrudes. Juvenile goldfish feed on zooplankton (microscopic animals), while adults feed on fish, molluscs and crabs. However, the species is bred and stored in large numbers in hatcheries. However, there is growing concern about genetic diversity issues. [PDF] – (Downstream Migration of Adult Fish) showed that goldfish tagged in Loxton, South Australia, were found in Mungindi, on the border between New South Wales and Queensland, more than 2000 kilometres from the river (Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment). Golden yellow perch has also been introduced to many other coastal systems in Queensland and New South Wales. Murray-Darling Basin (QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, SA) – Map – Linked map from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For more than four decades, it has been widely accepted that current pulses and floods are immediate stimuli for spawning, and that flooding improves recruitment to conserve golden perch populations.

However, it has recently been shown that spawning and recruitment can occur without these conditions, that the strongest recruitment events can occur outside of flood periods, and that spawning and recruitment can occur during periods of low or no flows – at least in dry rivers in the basin`s arid areas (Department of Primary Industries). Golden yellow perch are long-lived and can live up to 26 years and 760 mm long (Ye 2004). Growth rates depend on temperature and food availability. Golden yellow perch reaches about 16 cm at the age of one year, 29 cm at two years, 50 cm at five years; females grow faster than males after their second year of life (Kailola et al. 1993). Males mature at the age of 2-3 years, and females at 4-5 years. Royal yellow perch spawn from early spring to late autumn, most often at night and after an increase in water temperature (>23oC) and flooding of the floodplain. Large females can produce up to 500,000 eggs and can lay more than once per season, although they cannot lay eggs at all during adverse seasons. The fertilized eggs swell and become semi-floating, swim downstream with the current and hatch within 32 hours (at 23oC). Larvae are attracted to light and the presence of red rubber wood in the water and therefore prefer shallower floodplain waters (Kailola et al. 1993).

Fitzroy Basin (QLD) – Map – Australian Government Map (Fitzroy Basin Water Resource Plan) 1999 These fish are also commonly referred to as “callop” (especially in South Australia) and can be easily distinguished from silver perch by a much larger mouth and a pronounced hump on the head (in the later stages of young life).