Silver Seatrout: Cynoscion nothus


  • Pale straw colored above, silvery sides and white below
  • No distinctive pigmentation, although faint diagonal lines may be present on upper body
  • 8 to 9 rays in the anal fin
  • Large eyes
  • Short snout
  • One or two prominent canine teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw
  • Lower half of tail longer than upper half


Silver seatrout are most common over sand or sandy mud bottoms offshore along both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida.  They migrate into bays during cold months.


Silver seatrout spawn offshore in deep water during spring, summer and fall.  They feed on small fish and shrimp.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Additional Information:

These are the smallest seatrout; usually no more than 1/2 pound (less than 10 inches).

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Four species of black bass occur in Florida's fresh waters. The most popular is the Florida largemouth bass, which can grow to larger than 20 pounds.

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