Spot are silver or bluish above and somewhat golden on the sides and belly with 12 to 15 dusky bars (stripes) on their upper sides.

They have a distinct dusky to black Spot just behind the top of the gill opening on their body and their tail fin is distinctly forked.

Spot 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 Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences Spot occur in coastal and estuarine waters.

They are bottom feeders eating marine worms, small shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? Spot are known for the croaking or drumming sound they make when caught by anglers. The drumming or croaking sound is made by vibrating their swim bladder using special muscles.
Common Lures and Baits Spot are usually caught by bottom fishing with small hooks on bottom rigs using bloodworms for bait.
Typical Sizes Caught Spot are commonly caught in the range of 6 to 9 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Spot are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record Spot are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.