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Barndoor Skate

Illustrator
Original line drawing by H.L. Todd, Courtesy University of Washington Libraries
Season
Open Year-Round in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Size Limit
No Size Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Barndoor Skate prefers mud, sand or gravel bottoms from shallow waters to depths of 1500 feet.

They feed on shrimps, crabs, lobsters, clams, and fishes.
General Description
The Barndoor Skate is brown to reddish brown with scattered darker spots on top and white bellies with blotchy gray spots.
Did You Know?
Barndoor Skates are the largest skate of the Atlantic Coast of North America.

Although they might look dangerous, Barndoor 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
There is hardly any bait a Barndoor 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
Barndoor Skates wingspans can reach up to 5 feet.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Barndoor Skates are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Barndoor Skates are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.