Butterfly peacock bass

The butterfly peacock bass is a genus of fish that belongs to the large cichlids, which are known to be freshwater fish of the Amazon, Guianas, and Orinoco basins of the South American tropics. Tucunar? is what they are called by Brazilians, and they are called Pavon in Spanish. The butterfly peacock does not belong in the same family as the bass family, but they do share some physical similarities. It has a lot of distinctive colors on its body that allow it to be.


One of the most distinguishing features of this specific fish is the color of its fin. They come in colors ranging from light to dark, including yellow, bright orange, etc. The species? three black bars beautifully lay down on both sides of the fish and appear vertical.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The fish is thriving and adapting to the warm and slow-finding pace, so they will be found in shady areas. Swimming and the slow-flowing waters raise fish that are able to live only in deep rock pits, lateral canals, good oxygen level canals, and ponds.

They are also often found in shady areas such as dead ends or canal bends. The peacock spawns very frequently and can only tolerate a water temperature of below 60 degrees with a salinity level of 18 ppt.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Butterfly peacocks are found only during the daylight hours as they usually do not appear in the nighttime since they do not feed at night. They are found in canal intersections and primarily shady areas. To catch a butterfly peacock, test it out, and light tackles usually finish the job well with crankbaits.

Peak Season

They spawn in April-September, and their peak season is from May-June.

Best Bait

Some tackle and bait that can be used for Butterfly peacocks:

  • fish-imitating lure
  • artificial lure
  • plugs
  • jig
  • crankbaits