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.

Lookdown Illustration by 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.
Did You Know? The Lookdown gets its name from the way it appears to “look down” as it swims.
Common 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 Length and Weight Lookdowns are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record Lookdowns are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.