Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout)
Spotted Seatrout

Spotted seatrout – or speckled trout, as they’re commonly called – are a spiny-rayed fish with a silvery body, and have numerous distinct black spots on back and dorsal fins. They have well-developed canine teeth with a projected lower jaw.


Found throughout the Gulf, from interior estuaries to waters approaching 30 feet offshore. Tend to shy away from hard bottoms and structure.

Top Spots for Spotted Seatrout
  • Venice
  • Grand Isle
  • Vermilion Bay
  • Lake Pontchartrain
State Record

12.38 pounds, Leon Mattes, 1950.

Fishing Tips

Larger trout are not nearly as abundant as smaller trout, but they are a much more common catch in the spring, when trout move closer to inner shores to spawn.

State Record:
12.38 pounds, Leon Mattes, 1950

Spotted Seatrout - State Record: 12.38 pounds, Leon Mattes, 1950

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