||February 11 to April 10
||12 inch minimum (total length)
|Daily Limit / Person
||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.
|Did You Know?
The Winter Flounder has puckered lips and small rows of slightly rough, flattened teeth similar to sand paper.
|Common 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 Length and Weight
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
Winter Flounder are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Flounder" awards, 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
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.