Species Finder Species Posted Mar 17, 2000 Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout and Spotted Weakfish) Other Names Speckled trout, spotted weakfish. Appearance This spiny-rayed, fusiform-shaped fish is most immediately recognized by its irregular spotted color pattern on the two dorsal fins, caudal fin, and silvery upper body. Well-developed canine teeth are present; the lower jaw projects. Maximum Size IGFA world record of 17 pounds 7 oz (7.92 kg), though spotted seatrout over 10 pounds (4.5 kg) is uncommon Geographic Range U.S. coastal waters from Massachusetts to Texas (and into Mexico). The center of abundance is in the northern Gulf of Mexico and Florida. Habitat Spotted seatrout prefer brackish shallow water habitats with extensive submerged vegetation, such as turtle grass and shoal grass adjacent to deep waters that can be used as refuges from the cold and during low tides in the winter. Estuaries are also a common home for the spotted seatrout. Food Crustaceans, shrimp, and predominantly fish as trout grow larger. Large fish feed almost exclusively on other fish. Spawning The time o f spawning is controlled largely by temperature and salinity. Depending on area, spotted seatrout spawn anywhere between early spring to early fall. Predators Striped bass, barracuda, croaker, and tarpon. Information courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.