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Spiny Dogfish

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common during cooler weather months, October - April
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Spiny Dogfish are found in inshore and offshore waters to depths of 3000 feet.

They feed mainly on small fishes.
General Description
Spiny Dogfish are gray to brown on top with white spots and pale gray to white below.

Their pupils are an iridescent blue-green.

They have a single spine in front of each of their two dorsal fins.

Spiny Dogfish do not have an anal fin.

Their teeth are pavement-like, but with an extra set of small, very strong and very sharp teeth (often difficult to see).
Did You Know?
Spiny Dogfish have spines on the dorsal fins that can result in nasty wounds if not handled carefully.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Often despised by fisherman, Spiny Dogfish are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with strips of squid or cut pieces of fish.
Typical Sizes Caught
Spiny Dogfish are typically caught by Delaware anglers during cooler weather months (October to April). They commonly range in size from of 24 to 36 inches.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Spiny Dogfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Spiny Dogfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.