Delaware fishing guide now available

DOVER — The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available, along with fishing rulers for measuring legal-sized catches.

The guide can be picked up wherever anglers purchase a Delaware fishing license, including bait and tackle shops, sporting goods stores and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up the guide and ruler when buying their fishing license at the licensing desk in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway.

The guide offers information on Delaware fishing license requirements and how to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network number, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations and general angling information.

It is also available online at

“We are pleased to issue the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers early in the fishing year to better serve the fishing public,” Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis said in a statement. “We encourage anglers to use them as a source of helpful information to enjoy their fishing experiences in Delaware.”

DNREC reminds anglers that although the print version of the fishing guide and the fishing rulers both provide a summary of minimum sizes, possession limits and seasons, these regulations are subject to change after the guide has been published and the rulers produced.

This year, changes are expected for black sea bass and tautog. Summer flounder could also see adjustments.

This year’s guide features winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2017 Fishing Photo Contest. The cover is the first-place photo taken by Chad Betts, of Milton, showing his, Cohen, holding a fine striped bass that he caught and released while fishing on the Delaware’s Inland Bays. Second place and honorable mention photos appear inside the guide.

“The guide provides a user-friendly summary of fishing opportunities in Delaware, from freshwater ponds and rivers to the Delaware Bay and ocean,” DNREC Fisheries Administrator John Clark said in a statement. “The fishing rulers are perfect to keep in your tackle box or on your boat. Every angler should pick up a ruler and a guide when they buy their Delaware fishing license.”

For more information on the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, call the Fisheries Section at 739-9914. For freshwater fishing information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 735-8650.

For saltwater fishing information, contact the Little Creek field office at 735-2960.

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