Weakfish are dark olive green above with the back and sides variously burnished with purple, lavender, green, blue, golden, or copper, and marked with a large number of small black, dark green or bronze spots.

The anal fin is yellowish.

Weakfish Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit 13 inch minimum (total length)
Daily Limit / Person 1
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences Adult Weakfish are most frequently encountered along the coast within ten miles of shore. They reside in both estuarine and nearshore Atlantic Ocean habitats.

They feed on small fishes, shrimps, and crabs.
Did You Know? The Weakfish is the official state fish of Delaware, known for its historic abundance and economic value.

This fish's name, "Weakfish", refers to the tender, easily-torn membrane of the fish's mouth.

They have an upper jaw that contains a pair of large canine-like teeth.
Common Lures and Baits Weakfish will take artificial lures such as bucktails tipped with a rubber worm.

Squid strips and pieces of peeler crabs fished on bottom rigs are a time tested technique.
Typical Sizes Caught Weakfish, when caught by Delaware anglers, are often in the range of 10 to 15 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Live Release Award
Adult: 20 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 18 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 3 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 2 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record 19 pounds 2 ounces
William Thomas