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.
Venice, Grand Isle, Vermilion Bay, Lake Pontchartrain
12.38 pounds, Leon Mattes, 1950
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.