Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is the focus of an important recreational fishery in the southeastern United States. Speckled trout in Virginia has been cited as both a transitional population and as a mostly non-migratory population. The degree of residency is important to understand for the effective management of the species. Management of speckled trout has also been marred by cold-stun events which can kill a significant portion of the stock and have detrimental localized effects. Virginia is the northern extent of speckled trout populations and is the most likely portion of its range to experience cold-stun events. Virginia water temperatures can reach 0 °C during some winters, well below lethal temperatures for speckled trout. The primary objective of this project was to provide managers and recreational fishermen with information regarding speckled trout movements. more...
Final report submitted to Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Marine Recreational Fishing Advisory Board RF 15-16
McGrath, P. E., & Hilton, E. J. (2017) Temperature selectivity and movement patterns of speckled trout. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/1362