Southern Flounder

Southern Flounder

Paralichthys lethostigma

Life History:


Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Left-eyed. Generally brown but the color can vary widely depending on the color of the bottom where the fish hides. It is missing the prominent eye-like spots (ocelli) seen on the Summer and Gulf Flounders.

Size:Averages 2-4 pounds

Range:North Carolina to South Florida

Habitat:Generally likes fairly shallow areas with soft bottoms and near rocky structures such as bridges. Have been found in fresh water.

Angling Information:


Bait and Tackle:Light spinning and baitcasting tackle works well. They will take live or dead shrimp, or squid or other cut baits.

Fishing Method:Casting, drifting, still fishing

Food Value:One of the best

State Regulation:


Daily Limit: 15

Minimum size: 12" TL

Federal Regulation:

No Federal Regulation