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Little Skate

Illustrator
J.H. Blake, courtesy NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Little Skate prefers sand or gravel bottoms from shallow waters to 300 feet deep.

They feed on shrimps, crabs, amphipods (shrimp like creatures), and small fishes.
General Description
The Little Skate has a very rounded snout and wings with a blunt nose.

They are gray to dark brown with small round darker spots on top. The edges of the fins are lighter in color. The belly is white to grayish.
Did You Know?
Although they might look dangerous, Little Skates do not possess venomous barbs like stingrays, although they do have sharp thorns located on the top of the tails.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Often despised by fisherman, Little Skates are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

There is hardly any bait a skate won't bite. They can be caught with strips of squid, cut pieces of fish, or pieces of peeler crabs on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
Little Skates wingspans can reach up to 21 inches.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Little Skates are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Little Skates are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.