White Weakfish


The White Weakfish, or Cynoscion regalis, as ​it is scientifically known, is a species of fish that belongs to the‍ Sciaenidae family, commonly referred to as croakers or drums.

Conservation Status

The ‌White Weakfish⁢ is currently not considered to be under threat ⁣and is listed ​as a species of ‘Least‍ Concern’ on the global conservation‌ status. Despite this, efforts are still made ‌to conserve and protect the species, primarily through regulations on fishing.


Stat Average Range
Length 70 ‌cm 48-110 cm
Weight 3.5 kg 0.9-7.9 kg
Average Lifespan 17 years N/A


White Weakfish are‍ primarily found in‌ the Western⁤ Atlantic Ocean, ranging from the Gulf of⁤ Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. The species does not exhibit any ⁢significant migration patterns.


Predominantly preferring marine ⁢or brackish⁣ waters,⁤ White Weakfish occupy a varied depth range, typically between 10⁢ to 75⁢ m. They are inclined towards warmer waters, ⁣usually between 9-25°C.

When and Where to See

Peak season to witness this species runs from July to⁢ October, and they are ⁢particularly active during twilight periods.

Best Fishing Locations

  • Chesapeake Bay, USA
  • Delaware Bay, USA
  • Long Island Sound, USA
  • Hudson River, USA
  • Coast of⁤ Florida, ​USA
  • Coast of Maryland, USA
  • Coast of North Carolina, USA
  • Coast of South Carolina, USA

General Tips

Look⁤ for areas of moving⁣ water or where baitfish are congregating.⁤

How to ⁣Catch

White Weakfish respond well to live bait such ⁣as shrimps⁤ or ​small crabs, and⁣ artificial lures. Various fishing methods can be used, including trolling and bottom ⁢fishing. ​Best times⁢ are typically during‍ the twilight periods.

Identification ‍Guide

The White ⁤Weakfish has‌ an elongated, silver body, with dark grey or black⁣ patches. The dorsal fin is ⁣spiky, and the lower jaw juts out, distinguishing them ⁢from similar species.


How⁤ to ‍Cook

Often ‍grilled or fried, the White Weakfish has a firm texture.

Taste Profile

This species ​has a mild flavour, often compared to⁣ red snapper or bass.

Nutritional ​Information

Low in fat and high in protein, ⁤the White Weakfish is a nutritional food choice, ⁤also providing ⁤a ⁢good source of vitamin D and B12.

Additional Information


The‍ White Weakfish are predominantly bottom dwellers and are known to form large ⁢breeding aggregations called ‘drums.’

Predators ‌and Threats

Natural predators include larger ⁣fish and marine birds. Overfishing also presents a ⁤potential human-induced threat.

References and Further Reading

For further information, please refer to the National Oceanic⁢ and Atmospheric Administration ⁤ website or‌ the Chesapeake Bay Program’s fisheries guide.