Spotted Sea Trout

Spotted Sea Trout
Scientific Name: Cynoscion nebulosus
Common Name: Trout or Speck
Description: Dark gray or green above, with sky-blue tinges shading to silvery and white below, numerous round spots on the back. Size common to 4 lbs., lives mainly in estuarine seagrass, sand, muddy bottom, and nearshore habitats. Spawns spring-fall, often in near seagrass habitats. Feeds primarily on shrimp and small fish. Sexually mature in two years and may live 8-10 years. Take limits: 10 fish between 14 and 25 inches except for the Lower Laguna Madre, the daily bag limit and the possession limit shall be 5 fish in all inside waters south of marker 21 located inside the area known as the Land Cut. Inside waters are all bays, inlets, outlets, passes, rivers, streams, and other bodies of water landward from the shoreline of the state along the Gulf of Mexico and contiguous to, or connected with, but not a part of, the Gulf of Mexico and within which the tide regularly rises and falls. No more than one spotted seatrout over the stated maximum length (25 inches) may be retained per person per day and counts as part of the daily bag and possession limit.

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