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Lookdown

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Lookdown is found in shallow water near the coast, along hard or sandy bottoms.

They feed on small worms, fishes, and shrimps.
General Description
The Lookdown is a flat, silvery fish with a sloping, concave head and long streamers, running off the dorsal and anal fins.

They are very similar to Atlantic moonfish but Atlantic moonfish do not have long streamers.
Did You Know?
The Lookdown gets its name from the way it appears to “look down” as it swims.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Lookdowns can be caught on ultralight or very light spinning and fly tackle.

They are good strikers on very small jigs and tiny plugs.

They also take small live minnows and shrimp, but do not care for dead baits.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Lookdowns are caught by anglers at less than 1 pound.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Lookdowns are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Lookdowns are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.