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Spotted Seatrout

Spotted Sea Trout

Spotted Sea Trout

Life Cycle: Spawning occurs inshore from March through November.

Migration: Spotted seatrout move into deeper still waters during colder months.  They spend their lives within a mile or two of home.

Fishing Tips: Free-line live shrimp, small pinfish or mud minnows near the bottom to entice trout out of grass-bed holes. Attaching a float will allow these baits to drift over the grass beds as you search for trout. Casting with soft-bodied jigs, topwater poppers and spoons can be effective.  Trout are very delicate, so returning unwanted or illegal fish promptly to the water is necessary to maintain a healthy population.

Food Value: Spotted seatrout are among the best eating fish.

Regulations:

6 per day

15″-20″ with pinched tail

One of the six fish may be over 20″ if you are lucky enough to catch one.

No closed season

State Record: 17 lb. 7 oz., caught near Ft. Pierce

Expect to catch fish in the 2-3 pound range.

The weakfish is very similar to the trout but does not have spots on their tail. The regulations for weakfish are different than trout.