Inshore Lizardfish

The Inshore Lizardfish is a long, slender fish colored in shades of brown with dark blotches or diamond marks on the sides.

The jaws contain many needle-like teeth, found as well as on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Inshore Lizardfish Illustration by 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 Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences Inshore Lizardfish are a nearshore species that prefer mud and sand bottoms.

They feed predominantly on small fishes but will also eat squids, shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? Inshore Lizardfish will partially bury in the bottom to conceal themselves from unsuspecting prey.
Common Lures and Baits Inshore Lizardfish are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with numerous artificial lures as well as cut pieces of fish, or squid strips on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Inshore Lizardfish are caught by anglers in the range of 12 to 14 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Inshore Lizardfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Inshore Lizardfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.