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Winter Flounder

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
February 11 to April 10
Size Limit
12 inch minimum (total length)
Daily Limit / Person
2
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common north of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
When the water is cold, Winter Flounder will move inshore into shallow coastal water of estuaries and bays for spawning.

When the water begins to warm up, they will migrate offshore into deeper, cooler waters for the summer.

They feed on shrimps, amphipods (small shrimp like creatures), marine worms, and smaller fishes.
General Description
Winter Flounder have eyes on the right side (summer, four-spot and windowpane flounder have their eyes on the left side).

On top they are drab gray to red brown with many dark brown mottling and/or spots. The belly is white.
Did You Know?
The Winter Flounder has puckered lips and small rows of slightly rough, flattened teeth similar to sand paper.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Baits for Winter Flounder will be primarily bloodworms, grass shrimp, pieces of mussel, or clam.

Some anglers chum with canned dog food.
Typical Sizes Caught
Winter Flounder are commonly caught in the range of 10 to 16 inches in length by anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 25 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 7 pounds

Winter Flounder are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament "Flounder" citation, but due to their smaller size, catching one large enough to qualify is unlikely.

Winter Flounder are not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
17 pounds 15 ounces
William Kendall
1974

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

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