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Spotted Seatrout

Cynoscion nebulosus

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Spotted Seatrout

Common Name(s):
Spotted Weakfish, Speckled Trout, Gator Trout
The spotted seatrout is dark gray or green above, with sky blue tinges shading to silvery and white below; numerous distinct round black spots on back, extending to the dorsal fins and tail; black margin on posterior of tail; no barbels; no scales on the soft dorsal fin; one or two prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw.
Similar Fish:
Other Seatrouts
Feeding Habits:
Spotted seatrout are opportunistic carnivores whose choice of prey depends on the size of the fish. Smaller seatrout feed mainly on crustaceans such as shrimp. Medium-sized spotted seatrout add small fish to their diet, and larger seatrout primarily feed
Found up and down along both Coasts.
Inshore and near shore over grass and sandy bottoms.
Typical Size:
Common to 4 pounds on the West Coast but grow larger on East Coast.
World Record:
17 pounds, 7 ounces (IGFA)