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Croaker Chesapeake Bay New Point Comfort

Croaker are abundant throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and its tidal rivers and creeks. They can be easy to catch by bottom fishing from piers, bridges, shores and anchored or drifting boats. They usually arrive in the Chesapeake in the early May and remain until late October. Bottom rigs with multiple hooks sometime will land 2 or more at a time.


Common Names Croaker
Scientific Name Micropogonias undulatus
Average Size 1 foot or less
Average Weight 1 lb. or less
Minimum Size Limit* None
Possession Limit* None
Season April - October
Lure NA
Bait Peeler Crab, bloodworms, squid, shrimp
World Record  
Virginia Record 5.81 lbs., the Cell in Chesapeake Bay, Jim Mitchem, 1982
Citation Size 3 lbs.

* All regulations are subject to change throughout the year. Always check with the Virginia Marine Resource Commission for new regulations before you go fishing @ 757-247-2200 or

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