Marine - Species - Spotted Seatrout

Fishery Status

Spotted Seatrout: Recreational Fishery in SC

Recreational landings for spotted seatrout have been mostly above the 10-year average in recent years, mirroring the general increase in the species' abundance over the last decade. Regulation changes likely explain the increase in proportion of fish release.

The commercial fishery for spotted seatrout was terminated after the species gained game fish status in 1987.

The recreational catch data is provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which conducts phone and angler-intercept surveys to monitor angler activities and catches. For more information, see

Additional Graph Information

Commercial and recreational catches are measured in number of individuals or pounds of fish caught. Changes in catch among years may be the result of changes in abundance, changes in fishing effort, or both.

On each graph, the horizontal dotted lines above or below the "10 year average" represent one "standard deviation" unit, which is a measure of how variable the annual data are around the 10-year average. In general, the area between one standard deviation above the mean and one standard deviation below the average includes approximately 68% of the values. Approximately 95% percent of observations in the data set are found within two standard deviations of the average.