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Spot Fish Chesapeake Bay

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


Common Names Spot, Spot Croaker
Scientific Name Leiostomus xanthurus
Average Size less than 1 foot
Average Weight 1 lb. or less.
Minimum Size Limit*  
Possession Limit*  
Bait Blood worms, peeler crab, squid
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* 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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