||January 1 to May 15
July 1 to December 31
||16 inch minimum (total length)
|Daily Limit / Person
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||Tautog prefer nearshore coastal waters, near artificial reefs, wrecks, jetties, piers, and bridge pilings.
They feed on mussels, clams, crabs, amphipods (small shrimp-like creatures), shrimps, small lobsters, and barnacles.
|Did You Know?
Tautog have a blunt nose and thick rubbery lips. With their powerful jaws and incisor-like front teeth, Tautog can scrape mussels and barnacles from rocks.
They also have molar-like teeth at the back of their mouth to easily crush the shells of mussels, which is their prime-choice of prey.
|Common Lures and Baits
Tautog do not take to artificial lures well.
Green crabs, and pieces of peeler crabs are often used on bottom rigs.
|Typical Sizes Caught
Tautog are commonly caught in the range of 13 to 20 inches (2 to 6 pounds) by Delaware anglers.
|Citation Minimum Length and Weight
Live Release Award
Adult: 25 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 20 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 7 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 5.5 pounds minimum
|Delaware State Record
21 pounds 4 ounces