Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
The spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is often found feeding in shallow tidal creeks near flooded salt marshes.
The spotted seatrout is common year-round in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea). Contrary to its name, the spotted seatrout is not a member of the trout family (Salmonidae), but of the drum family (Sciaenidae). Like all members of the drum family, mature males produce a "drumming" sound to attract females during the spawning season (May through early September). This fish is often found in shallow tidal creeks near flooded salt marshes, where it feeds mainly on grass shrimp and small fish. Recreational harvesting of spotted seatrout is allowed in South Carolina, but commercial harvesting is restricted.