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Butterfish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Delaware Bay, Inland Bays and Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
A schooling fish, Butterfish are found in both offshore and shallow inshore waters. When in shallow waters, they strongly prefer sandy bottoms.

They feed on jellyfish, small fishes, squids, shrimps, and marine worms.
General Description
Butterfish has a thin deep body that is grayish blue on top, paler on the sides with numerous dark spots and a silver belly.

The dark spots often fade after death.
Did You Know?
The Butterfish most likely got its name due its flesh being high in fat and oil as well as having a delicious flavor.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
When Butterfish move into shallow sheltered bays and estuaries, they are usually caught by bottom fishing with very small hooks using small pieces of bloodworm, squid, or clams.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Butterfish are caught by anglers in the range of 6 to 9 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Butterfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Butterfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.