Southern Flounder  


Flounders swim sideways, the bottom half of their body is white, while the top is olive brown with white and dark spots. Both eyes are on the top part of the body.


Southern flounders have been known to swim 100 miles upriver in freshwater, but they are more commonly found in saltwater, generally inshore estuaries. Move to offshore waters to spawn. Prefer mud or sandy bottoms in shallow waters.

State Record

13.06 pounds, Gary Hargis, 1998.

Fishing Tips

Fall is a great time to catch flounders as that’s when they move to offshore waters to spawn. For bait use porgies, crab, or shrimp. They are a popular target for gigging (spearfishing) as well, especially in October and November.