The Squeteague, also known as Cynoscion regalis, is a marine fish from the Sciaenidae family. Known for their migratory nature and importance ⁣to the recreational fishing industry,​ Squeteague, or more commonly known ⁣as ‘Weakfish’, are an interesting species with a unique lifestyle and behavior.

Conservation Status

The Squeteague is currently categorized as a species of Least Concern⁤ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), due in big part to the vast range of their distribution, and ongoing conservation​ efforts, such as managing fishing quotas and limiting catch size.


Attribute Average Range
Length 20‍ inches 12-27 inches
Weight 3⁣ Lb 1-6 Lb
Life Span 9 years N/A


The range of the Squeteague​ covers the Atlantic ⁣coast of North ⁣America, from Florida up to Massachusetts. They exhibit⁣ a considerable ⁣migratory pattern, moving from inshore breeding grounds in summer to deeper offshore waters in⁢ winter.


Squeteague are⁤ typically found in brackish and‌ salt waters, at ⁤depths that can vary from shallow coastal areas to deeper offshore surroundings. They are most commonly observed in water with a temperature​ range of 11-24°C.

When and Where to See

The best ‍time to find Squeteague is during their spawning season, which runs from April to ⁣October. The fish can be found in shallow waters, usually in the early morning and late ⁢afternoon‍ during this period.

Best Fishing Locations

  1. Delaware Bay, Delaware
  2. Raritan Bay, New Jersey
  3. Chesapeake Bay,⁤ Maryland
  4. Long Island Sound, New York
  5. Peconic Bay, New York
  6. Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
  7. Cape ‌Cod Bay, Massachusetts
  8. Buzzards Bay,⁤ Massachusetts
  9. Miami River, Florida
  10. Everglades National Park, Florida

How to Catch

Squeteague are known to respond well to several types of live bait and artificial lures, including shrimp, squid, and mullet. For fishing techniques, bottom fishing and​ trolling seem to be the most effective methods.

Identification Guide

Squeteague are generally silvery gray in color, with a dark back and a‍ lighter belly. They have one or more prominent canine teeth ⁢at the front of ⁤the upper jaw. The ⁤fins are dusky or spotted.

Culinary Details

Squeteague’s white ⁣meat is‌ mild and slightly sweet, yet low in fat. ⁣Commonly found at seafood restaurants and markets, Squeteague can be pan-seared, grilled, or⁢ used in soups and stews.

Additional Information

Squeteague ‍are‍ predatory fish⁤ and have a‌ varied diet, mainly feeding on smaller fish‌ and invertebrates. Their primary natural predators are larger‍ fish species and seabirds. Overfishing and habitat destruction ‍are human-induced threats that affect their population.

References and Further Reading

For more in-depth information regarding Squeteague, refer [here](https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Cynoscion_regalis/) about this species.

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