Eastern freshwater cod

Eastern Freshwater Cod.

Eastern Freshwater Cod - Maccullochella ikei


Eastern Freshwater Cod is only found in the Clarence and Richmond River catchments of northern NSW.


Mainly less than 5kg and 660mm.


Eastern Freshwater Cod is a large, elongated, deep-bodied fish with relatively small eyes and a short, rounded, depressed snout with a distinctly concave profile; the lower jaw protrudes. It has a large mouth that extends below the back of the eye. They are generally a yellow green to golden colour, with a speckled pattern of black to very dark green spots.

Species similar in appearance

Murray Cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii) and Mary River Cod (Maccullochella peelii mariensis).

More information

Watch a video of Eastern Freshwater Cod in the Clarence River Catchment NSW, 2017 (1:55 mins)