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Four-Spot Flounder

Illustrator
H.L. Todd Illustration, Courtesy University of Washington Libraries
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Four-Spot Flounder are found in deeper water than most flounders, preferring water depths of at least 70 feet.

They feed on small fishes and squids.
General Description
Four-Spot Flounder have eyes on the left side (yellowtail, witch, and winter flounder have their eyes on the right side).

They may vary in overall color from light brown to dark gray on top with four large and quite conspicuous black "eye-like" spots edged with a much lighter color. The belly is all white.
Did You Know?
Four-Spot Flounder, like most flounder, use camouflage and can change the color and pattern of their dark side to match the surrounding bottom.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Four-Spot Flounder are almost always caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species such as black sea bass.

Smaller weighted bucktails tipped with squid can be effective though Four-Spot Flounder are most often caught on bottom rigs with squid strips.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Four-Spot Flounder are caught by anglers in the range of 8 to 15 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 25 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 23 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 7 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 5 pounds minimum

Four-spotted flounder are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Flounder" awards, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.

Four-spotted flounder are not currently eligible for an individual species awards.
Delaware State Record
17 pounds 15 ounces
William Kendall
1974

Four-spotted flounder are eligible for the general "Flounder" record, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.

Four-spotted flounder are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.