||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
|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).
|Did You Know?
The Witch Flounder is covered by smooth scales which make it very slippery and extremely difficult to hold.
|Common 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 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
Witch 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.
Witch Flounder are not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
|Delaware State Record
17 pounds 15 ounces
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.