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Witch Flounder

Illustrator
H.L. Todd, Courtesy University of Washington Libraries
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore)

14 inches in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common north of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Witch Flounder prefer sandy or mud bottoms at depths of 150 to 1000 feet.

Due to their small mouths, they mainly feed on marine worms and amphipods (small shrimp like creatures).
General Description
Witch Flounder have eyes on the right side (summer, four-spot and windowpane flounder have their eyes on the left side).

The body is relatively narrow compared to other flounders, with a very small head.

On top they are a dark grayish brown. The belly is white with very small dark spots giving it a grayish appearance.
Did You Know?
The Witch Flounder is covered by smooth scales which make it very slippery and extremely difficult to hold.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Witch Flounder are almost always caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They are most often caught on bottom rigs with small squid strips or blood worms.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Witch Flounder are caught by anglers in the range of 12 to 20 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 25 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 7 pounds

Witch Flounder are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament "Flounder" citation, but not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
17 pounds 15 ounces
William Kendall
1974

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

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