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Silver Hake

Illustrator
Sherman Foote Denton
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common north of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Silver Hake can be found in both inshore and offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean preferring sandy, muddy, or pebbly bottoms.

They feed primarily on small shrimps, fishes, and squids.
General Description
Silver Hake are iridescent gray brown above, fading to a silvery/white below.

Their large mouth, with a projecting lower jaw, is lined with two or more rows of sharp curved teeth.

Silver Hake have no chin barbel (whisker).
Did You Know?
Silver Hake have a large mouth filled with very sharp needle-like teeth.

They are known to be cannibalistic.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Silver Hake can be caught with small diamond jigs and spoons. They also can be caught on bottom rigs with strips of squid or cut pieces of fish.

Because Silver Hake are nocturnal, fishing at night is usually best.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Silver Hake caught by anglers are less than 20 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Silver Hake are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Silver Hake are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.