The Summer Flounder, Paralichthys Dentatus, is well named. Summer Flounder migrate inshore to shallow coastal and estuarine waters beginning in late spring and early summer to feed and spawn. Then, as water temperatures begin to fall, they migrate offshore into deep water in August or September.
Viewer Tip: Flounder live in shallow water in the same bottom habitats as several other important species such as scup, black sea bass, sea scallops, squid and other flounders. Summer flounder are susceptible to being caught by bottom fishing gear throughout their range. If you trawl or seine for fish or shrimp recreationally, please be careful to follow fishing regulations and guidelines to minimize damage to valuable coastal and estuarine habitats that are nurseries and essential feeding spots for summer flounder and other species, and to cut down on unintended by-catch.
This information is provided by Restore America’s Estuaries. Learn more at www.estuaries.org.