Atlantic Croaker (Micropogonias undulatus)

croaker, rehoboth bay, indian river bay, delaware, sussex county
My croaker from Indian River Bay today, they are thick in the bays.


Atlantic Croaker ….   (Micropogonias undulatus)

Description …  Closely related to the black drum they make a “croaking” sound that is very distinct by vibrating strong muscles against their swim bladder.  They are Silverish in color with a white belly with a faint bronze to golden cast, and yellowish fins.
Faint or bronze to golden cast with yellowish fins.  Small brassy spots on the back that look like wavy lines down the sides.  Their underslung jaw has 3 to 5 pairs of barbels (whiskers) under the chin.  The caudal fin is square, and they have a hard and sharp gill cover.  They average in size from 8 to 14 inches and upwards of 3 pounds. 

Atlantic croaker, hard head
Atlantic croaker

They will migrate to Delaware in the early summer.  Top and bottom rigs are the best gear to fish for them.  Fishbites, squid, bloodworms, and small pieces of crab or clam make the best baits.  Can be found in the surf, inland bays, Lewes canal, Roosevelt Inlet, Indian River inlet, Delaware Bay and surrounding waters.  They are a lot of fun to catch on light tackle.

Season and creel limits for Delaware 2015

Atlantic croaker

All year

8 inches

No daily limit



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