Return to Easily Identify Other Game Fish   

Spotted Seatrout

Cynoscion nebulosus

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification

Spotted Seatrout


Common Name(s):
Spotted Weakfish, Speckled Trout, Gator Trout
Description:
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
Range:
Found up and down along both Coasts.
Habitat:
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)