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WINNERSCONTEST

F ISHING PHOTO

2019

D E L AWA R EFISHING GUIDE

We Bring You Delawares Great Outdoors Through Science and Service

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DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

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CONTENTSFISH & WILDLIFE DIRECTORY ..........................22019 LICENSE FEES ................................................4

Whats New for 2019 ............................................................. 4Before You Fish ..................................................................... 4

FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION ....................5Fishing License Requirements and FIN Number ................... 5Fishing License Exemptions and Exceptions ......................... 6Fishing License Dollars .......................................................... 6

GENERAL NON-TIDAL FISHING REGULATIONS ......................................7

Closure of Department Ponds During Draw-Downs .............. 7Speed and Wake of Motorboats on Division Ponds .............. 7

FRESHWATER TROUT FISHING .........................8License and Stamp Requirements for Trout Fishing .............. 8Freshwater Trout Fishing ........................................................ 8Special Fly Fishing Only Section (Restricted Trout Stream) ....................................................... 8Possession Limits of Trout ..................................................... 8Designated Trout Streams ................................................... 10Tentative Trout Stocking Schedule ...................................... 10

BOATING SAFETY ................................................112019 QUICK REFERENCE .....................12

Delawares Recreational Season, Size and Creel Limits

SURF FISHING ......................................................14NON-TIDAL FISHING ACCESS AREAS ............14TIDAL FISHING ACCESS AREAS ......................15BE AWARE

Invasive Species .................................................................. 16Shellfish Aquaculture Inland Bays ................................... 16

FISHING & CLAMMING MAPS ........................17GENERAL TIDAL FISHING REGULATIONS ...18

Striped Bass Spawning Season .......................................... 18Circle-Hooks........................................................................ 18American Shad and Hickory Shad....................................... 18River Herring ........................................................................ 18Summer Flounder ................................................................ 19Electric Lights ...................................................................... 19Courtesy Docks ................................................................... 19

ARTIFICIAL REEF PROGRAM ...........................19 ETHICAL CATCH AND RELEASE OF SHARKS ...........................................................20 BLUE CRAB, CLAMS, CONCHS & OYSTERS ....22

Blue Crabs ........................................................................... 22Clamming ............................................................................ 22Conchs ................................................................................ 22Oysters ................................................................................ 22

SHARKS .................................................................23SPORT FISHING TOURNAMENT ......................24SPORT FISHING TOURNAMENT UPDATES ...26YOUTH FISHING ..................................................26

33rd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament ............................... 272019 Take a Kid Fishing! Program ................................. 27

STATE RECORD HOLDERS ................................28WEIGH STATIONS AND/OR BOAT RAMP CERTIFICATE SALES ...........................................29FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES ................30FISHING PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ...........32

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Fishing on Delawares picturesque waters is an enjoyable way to relax away from daily distractions. For other anglers, fishing is a chal-lenge, trying new methods, pursu-ing different or the largest fish, or competing against other anglers. No matter why or how you fish, anglers need to be aware of the rules and regulations that apply to the fish they are pursuing.

Some anglers claim that there are too many rules and regulations that restrict fishing seasons and the size and how many fish they can keep. It can be frustrating to have to release a fish that is only a half inch below the legal size limit, or to release a trophy fish that is caught during a closed season.

Anglers should recognize that the quality of fishing is made pos-sible with the help of these rules and regulations, whether to allow a fish to grow to spawning size to produce the next generation of fish or to manage the number of fish to keep the population stable and accessible to all. We thank anglers for their conservation ethic that helps provide quality fishing for today and the future.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife is committed to providing quality fishing opportunities by managing sustainable fish populations, as We Bring You Delawares Great Outdoors through Science and Service.

As an avid Delaware angler for many years, I hope to see you on the water. Tight lines this fishing season

David E. Saveikis

F.I.N. NUMBER F.I.N. NUMBER

NAME NAME

Maps for this publication were created by the Department of Technology & Information. Fish illustrations were drawn by Duane Raver. The cover photo is from photo contest winner Israel Mora. A special thanks to the Delaware anglers, our friends at NOAA-NMFS, the ASMFC, and DNREC staff who donated pictures throughout this guide.

2019 DELAWARE FISHING GUIDE 1

STATE OF DELAWAREJohn C. Carney Jr.

Governor

DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

Shawn M. GarvinSecretary

DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFEDavid E. Saveikis

Director

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON WILDLIFE &

FRESHWATER FISH

Edward A. Montague, Chair

Garrett L. Grier, Jr., Vice Chair

Raymond F. BurrisJohn Neal DukesJoe C. Johnson

Craig A. KarsnitzSteven M. Kendus

Dale R. ScuseF. Thomas Unruh

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON

TIDAL FIN FISHERIES

Dr. Dewayne Fox, Chair

Brian HoffeckerMarvin M. Kahl, Jr.

James G. LittleBernard L. Pankowski

Joseph A. SmithP. Wes Townsend

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON

RECREATIONAL FISHING

FUNDING

Bernard L. Pankowski, Chair

David A. Russell, Vice Chair

Ralph William BakerEric B. Burnley, Sr.

Richard CarlisleLoren C. Evans

Hon. Ronald GrayHon. Gerald Hocker

Ronald L. Horton

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON

SHELL FISHERIES

Leonard Voss, Jr., Chair

Steven CoppPatrick M. Gaffney

Richard S. Hand, Jr.Virgilio Pacelli

Paul SatterfieldVacant

State and Federal law prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion and/or disability. Complaints or inquiries should be directed to: Personnel Office, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

This summary is for the convenience of the sportsman and is not intended to cover all fishing laws and regulations. For specific provisions, reference should be made to Title 7, Delaware Code and Delaware Administrative Code. When federal and state laws conflict, the law which is more restrictive governs.

FOR THE ACTUAL WORDING OF THE FISHERIES STATUTES AND REGULATIONS, AS WELL AS A WIDE VARIETY OF OTHER INFORMATION, VISIT THE DIVISIONS WEBSITE AT www.fw.delaware.gov

DIRECTORY

FISH & WILDLIFE DIRECTORY

DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - WWW.FW.DELAWARE.GOV

F.I.N. number .................................... (800) 432-9228F.I.N. Helpline.....................................(866) 447-4626Fisheries Section, Dover ..................(302) 739-9914Fisheries Field Offices

Little Creek .................................. (302) 735-2960Woodland Beach ........................ (302) 735-8650

Aquatic Resources Education Center ............................. (302) 735-8652Recreational Fishing Licenses ........(302) 739-9918

FISH AND WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT SECTIONNew Castle County .......................... (302) 836-4682Kent County .......................................(302) 739-6139Sussex County ..................................(302) 855-190124-hour hotline (KENTCOM) for reporting violations, problems and fish kills ..................................... (800) 523-3336Boating Safety ...................................(302) 739-9915Ramp Certificates .............................(302) 739-9916Boat Reg