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Summer Flounder

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
17 inch minimum (total length)
Daily Limit / Person
4
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Common
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Summer Flounder can be found in coastal and estuarine waters from spring to fall.

They feed on small fishes, squids, marine worms, and shrimps.
General Description
Summer Flounder have eyes on the left side (yellowtail, winter, and witch flounder have eyes on the right side).

On top, they have a dozen or so brown spots that help blend into the sea floor. The underside is all white.
Did You Know?
Summer Flounder have eyes on the left side (yellowtail, winter, and witch flounder have their eyes on the right side).

Like most flounder, at birth, the Summer Flounder has one eye on each side of its head. As it grows one eye migrates to the other side of its body. As a result, the eyes are then on the side which faces up.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Summer Flounder will take a variety of artificial lures such as buck tails and spoons but are most commonly fished for by drifting minnows and squid strips on bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
Summer Flounder are commonly caught in the range of 14 to 20 inches by Delaware anglers.
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

Summer Flounder are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release Award programs "Flounder" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
17 pounds 15 ounces
William Kendall
1974

Summer Flounder are eligible for the general "Flounder" record, which it currently holds.

Summer Flounder are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.