Northern Stargazer

The Northern Stargazer has a blackish-brown body with white spots that gradually get bigger from the head to the tail.

It has a large head with mouth and eyes located on the top, facing upward.

The tail has three dark, horizontal lines.

Northern Stargazer 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
General Habitat and Food Preferences Northern Stargazers utilize nearshore coastal waters burying themselves in the sand waiting for prey.

They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? The Northern Stargazer possesses a special talent; it is able to create weak electrical currents (up to 50 volts) from a specialized organ located behind the eyes.
Common Lures and Baits Northern Stargazers are 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 crab on bottom rigs.

Because of the stargazer's ability to produce electrical currents, live specimens of this species should be handled with care.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Northern Stargazers are caught by anglers in the range of 8 to 15 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Northern Stargazers are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Northern Stargazers are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.