Fisheries Program
Northeast Region

Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis)

Life History

Weakfish can grow to 29 inches in length and weigh as much as 12 pounds. They migrate from inshore estuarine spawning areas to offshore coastal water annually. Spawning runs from March to September with the May-July predominating in the New York Bight region. Weakfish has a lifespan of 11 years but this varies considerably.


From Canada to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico with a more dense population between New York and North Carolina.

Fun Facts

  • “Weakfish” refers to the tender and easily-torn membrane of its mouth, it lacks a fighting reputation.
  • Age can be determined by counting growth rings located on their ear bones.
  • A member of the drum family, weakfish makes a drumming sound by using muscles around the swim bladder.
  • Weakfish support recreational and commercial fisheries.

More Information

Weakfish species profile (pdf - 817KB)

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Last updated: December 16, 2011
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