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Speckled Trout - Spotted Seatrout

Updated on November 24, 2014

Speckled Trout - Spotted Seatrout

This page has information on speckled trout, also known as spotted seatrout. Speckled trout is the most popular species of saltwater fish among recreational anglers in the United States.In 2012, over 42 million speckled trout were caught in the USA, according to NOAA Fisheries.

Spotted seatrout or "speckled trout" have a streamlined body that is dark silvery gray on the back with a white belly. The upper parts of the fish have an iridescent sheen and black spots. The dorsal and tail fin are also spotted.

Spotted seatrout have a large mouth and 1 or 2 large sharp canine teeth are located at the front of the upper jaw.

Spotted Seatrout Facts

Spotted seatrout are voracious predators, especially during the the summer. Small seatrout eat a variety of foods, primarily shrimp and other crustaceans. As the fish grow, they shift their food preference to fish.

Adult seatrout feed on smaller fish such as silversides and anchovies, then later in life being to prey fishes such as mullets, croakers and menhaden.

Spotted seatrout is typically the most popular catch among marine recreational anglers. The species is a common catch in the Gulf of Mexico and the south Atlantic regions, which have the highest combined concentration of saltwater anglers in the nation. More than 6 million fish were caught by saltwater anglers in 2006. Scientists estimate that 75% of spotted seatrout are released by anglers.

In the USA, speckled trout are found from Cape Cod to Florida. The majority of fish are found from the Chesapeake Bay south. In Florida speckled trout are often the most sought after gamefish.

In the southern states, a popular rig for spotted seatrout is the popping cork rig. Best results are achieved by popping the cork periodically to simulate live action. Anglers vary the retrieve, frequency of popping, depth of bait and action in order to catch trout. The standard bait for catching trout with a popping cork rig is live shrimp. Other baits used with this technique include baitfish such as mullet, spot or pinfish.

Spotted seatrout are also caught using fly fishing gear. Anglers often choose small to mid-sized patterns that resemble local baitfish such as menhaden, spot, pinfish, anchovy, mullet and others. Flies patterned after crustaceans also produce results, with shrimp patterns being especially popular.

Speckled Trout - Spotted Seatrout T Shirts

Speckled Trout (Spotted Seatrout) t shirts are extremely popular among saltwater anglers. In addition to the design shown below, Fish - Fishing - Seafood online store offers untitled spotted seatrout logos on shirts, hats, stickers, and other items.

Speckled Trout Recipes

Speckled Trout Stuffed with Crab Meat


2 pounds speckled trout fillets

1 pound lump backfin blue crab meat

1 egg

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup crab seasoning

1 lemon (juice and pulp only)

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. chopped parsley

1/2 cup diced onion

1/4 cup olive oil


1. Line a baking dish with olive oil and place fillets in dish, skin side down.

2. Mix egg, melted butter, mayonnaise, crab seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, parsley and onion.

3. Blend in crab meat.

4. Spread stuffing over fillets and bake at 400 for 5 minutes, until juices begin to boil.

5. Move to broiler, watch closely, broiling until stuffing begins to brown lightly.

Spotted Seatrout Winter Cold Stun Events

The spotted seatrout is one of several fish species that are susceptible to a naturally occurring event known as "cold stun". When waters cool during the winter, spotted seatrout usually move to deeper, warmer areas in estuaries and inshore ocean waters. If water temperatures drop over a short period of time, spotted seatrout and other species may be stunned or die. In many areas, winter cold stun events can have significant impacts on spotted seatrout populations.


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      6 years ago

      Nice lens. How big do they get?

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      6 years ago

      I actually don't know much about Speckled Trout, but I know a lot about the anadromous fish of the Pacific Northwest. That's because I used to be the secretary to the Marine Advisor for Del Norte and Curry counties (CA and OR) for years and in typing up his findings and research, I naturally absorbed a lot of information. I found this lens via the Squidoo LinkedIn group for Squidoo lensmasters, fyi. Nice job here!

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      I love to catch these down on Laguna Madre in Corpus Christi, TX...they love gulp shrimp...:)RWJR

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      8 years ago

      Unfortunately, we do not have any salmonids on Gran Canaria...

      No sea or lake.


    • northamerica profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      To find either local or online sources of fish and seafood, visit

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      8 years ago

      I want to know where can I purchase speckled trout and croaker fish in Lewisville, TX or have it shipped to me. I lived in New Orleans all of my life and I have been in Lewisville since hurricane Katrina.

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      8 years ago

      interesting lens...I never knew there was any other trout then a rainbow, until I was commissioned to paint a sign a couple of weeks ago, a trout...bluish speckeled with a stripe...I believe it is a northern fish.


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