Bluntnose Stingray

The bluntnose ray has a distinctive blunt snout and a long tail armed with a venomous, barbed spine.

They are yellowish to light brown on top with a white to light gray belly.

Bluntnose Stingray Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
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 bluntnose ray prefers water depths of 3 to 30 feet near shore.

They feed on clams, marine worms, fishes, crabs, and shrimps.
Did You Know? The Bluntnose Stingray is a non-aggressive animal, posing little threat to humans. However, when stepped on or caught by an angler it will use its spine in defense so be careful.

Any wound inflicted by the spine and associated venom would be painful but rarely lethal. It is suggested if you are wounded by the spine to seek medical attention.
Common Lures and Baits Often despised by fisherman, the Bluntnose Stingray is usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with strips of squid, cut pieces of fish, or pieces of peeler crabs on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught Bluntnose Stingrays can have wingspans over 36 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Bluntnose Stingrays are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Bluntnose Stingrays are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.