Flounder: Catching, Fish Pond, and More

Jared Nathaniel

Need a relaxing Ocean break while casting your Fishing Rod in Stardew Valley? You might catch a Flounder along the way! Learn everything about this fish, where to find it, and its uses.

The player holding a Flounder in Stardew Valley.
Is it beautiful or horrible?

Flounder is one of many new fish added after Stardew Valley’s major update. For seasoned players, new content means either a gameplay reset or hardcore continuation for more hours. However, fishing has become more dominant since most community members love the activity.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to catch this new addition and where to find it. Moreover, you’ll know its uses and what’s so special about the fish.

What is a Flounder?

This sea creature lives on the bottom of the water. It has a strange look – having both of its eyes on top of the head. The fish type has the sinker behavior and has a level 50 difficulty. Moreover, its size can reach from 4-17 inches.

The following are its restoration effects on Health and Energy upon consumption:

QualityEnergyHealth
Normal+38+17
Silver+53+23
Gold+68+30
Iridium+98+44

Where to Catch a Flounder?

There are different locations to hook this fish across Stardew Valley, but the requirements for catching it are almost the same. Moreover, Magic Baits lets you get one regardless of time, weather, and season.

LocationSeasonTimeWeather
Ocean (Pelican Town Beach)• Spring
• Summer
• 6am – 8pmAny
Ginger Island (West, South, Southeast, and Pirate Cove)Any• 6am – 8pmAny
Beach Farm• Spring
• Summer
• 6am – 8pmAny

One merchant cuts the hassle of reeling in the fish:

  • Traveling Cart – costs 300g-1000g

Fish Pond

A Flounder inside the Fish Pond.
They’ll multiply until the pond is full.

This marine animal in Stardew Valley reproduces every three days. From the initial three, you can expand the capacity up to ten while encountering quests and loot along the way through various quests.

Item Requests

Once the “!” icon is present, interact with your pets as they’ll need some items for capacity expansion. Raising Flounder can be slightly challenging, but here’s a list that they may request, including the fishing XP and upgraded space:

Initial CapacityItem RequestedFishing XPImproved Capacity
Three• Driftwood (3);
• Frozen Geode ;(1)
• Seaweed (1-2)
+35Five
Five• Clam (2);
• Coral (2)
+35Seven
Seven• Aquamarine (2);
• Mussel (1);
• Sea Urchin (2)
+35Ten

Loots

Keeping them with a Fish Pond won’t pay off that much because it’ll only produce Roe. It’s the most common product while using the building, but turning them into artisan goods is little help. Check this table for reference:

ItemPopulationItem PercentageChanceFishing XP
Roe (1)1-470%16-33%+13
Roe (1)5-10100%55-95%+13

Selling Prices

Flounder sells decently in Stardew Valley, having its lowest price at 100g. Its value will increase depending on the quality and professions. However, you can turn eggs into Aged Roe at the Preserves Jar. Here’s the fish’s profitability when sold raw, its eggs, and with professions:

QualitySelling PriceWith FisherWith AnglerRoeAged RoeWith Artisan
Normal100g125g150g80g160g224g
Silver125g156g187g   
Gold150g187g225g   
Iridium200g250g300g   

Crafting

Almost every fish can be an ingredient in making Quality Fertilizers in Stardew Valley. With the crafted item, you’ll get higher quality crops, making a higher selling price and restoration effects. Here’s the recipe:

ItemCrafting SourceIngredients
Quality FertilizerLevel 9 FarmingFlounder (1)
• Sap (2)

Cooking

The player eating a Maki Roll, Sashimi, and Seafoam Pudding.
Two common snacks with the latest addition!

This sea creature is one of three key ingredients in making a Seafoam Pudding – the best cooked meal for Fishing. However, you’ll also make the following dishes alongside its regeneration effects, selling prices, and stats with and without Qi Seasoning:

RecipeIngredientsEnergyEnergy with QSHealthHealth with QSBuff + DurationBuff + Duration with QSSelling PriceSelling Price with QSRecipe Source
Maki RollFlounder (1)
• Rice (1)
• Seaweed (1)
+100+180+45+81  220g330g• Watching the Queen of Sauce on Year 1 Summer 21
• Stardrop Saloon permanent stock for 300g
SashimiFlounder (1)+75+135+33+60  75g112g• After reaching a three-heart friendship with Linus
Seafoam PuddingFlounder (1)
• Midnight Carp (1)
• Squid Ink (1)
+175+315+78+141+4 Fishing (3 minutes and 30 seconds)+5 Fishing (5 minutes and 15 seconds)300g450g• Level 9 Fishing

Tailoring

In-game screen of the Dye Pots in Stardew Valley.
For Dyeing purposes only.

While you can’t use the fish at the spool of the Sewing Machine, it’s helpful in the Dye Pots as an orange dye. But since reeling in the catch is pretty time-consuming, it’s better worth it at the Shipping Bin.

Gifting

The sea creature isn’t a popular gift among villagers in Stardew Valley, but Sebastian will like it. Demetrius, Elliott, Leo, Linus, Pam, and Willy are neutral receivers. However, avoid giving this item to Evelyn, Haley, and Pierre.

Quests

There are two missions you can complete with the item:

  • Help Wanted at Pierre’s General Store. Available only during Spring and Summer as random villagers will request it for 300g and 150 Friendship points.

  • Aquatic Overpopulation. During Spring, interacting with the Special Orders Board gives a chance for Demetrius to ask for ten pieces of the fish. You’ll get a compensation similar to its market value alongside the Farm Computer recipe.

Bundles

Since Flounder is coming from the Ginger Island update, you can’t use it on any bundles in Stardew Valley. Ideally, it should be on an island-related bundle in the Fish Tank, but the Community Center is already complete.

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