I would pay BIG money to catch a winter flounder in the bay. There are rumors every year about a few being caught of point lookout, but I've never been able to verify it.I was stationed at Patuxent NAS from 1967 until 1970 and we caught winter flounder right off the beach. A long time back but maybe a possibility.
We use to catch them in March and April in pretty good numbers nothing very big maybe 15" max. Are you sure what you've seen weren't hogchokers.I would pay BIG money to catch a winter flounder in the bay. There are rumors every year about a few being caught of point lookout, but I've never been able to verify it.
Oh yeah, here's another difference: Winter Flounders have a lateral line that is almost completely straight, the summer flounder's lat line was a big curve in it around the pectoral fin.
I've seen loads of YOY winter flounder in seines and cast nets...but never the adults.
thanks Rich, that is the best explanation I have had. It sure helps.Winter Flounder are "right eye" flounder while summer flounder are "left eye" flounder. Winter flounder only grow to about 23" and 6lbs, while their cousins get much bigger. The best way I can explain how to tell the difference is if you have the brown side up with the head in your left hand, a winter flounder will have it's backbone towards your stomach. A summer flounder will have it's belly next to your belly. Make sense??
Generally speaking, summer flounder are caught in the Chesapeake from late April - November (although I'm sure there are exceptions). I've heard of winter flounder being caught in the Choptank, but have never personally witnessed or read of any reports. It may be a local secret?? According to a marine fisheries website, winter flounder have been reported as far up the Chesapeake as the Susquehanna River. I hear more substantiated reports each winter of winter flounder catches from the back bays near Rehobeth.