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From the Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife


Recreational fishing provides countless opportunities to connect people to the outdoors while supporting thousands of fishing-related jobs vital to our economy. Your Division of Fish and Wildlife manages fisheries to ensure quality fishing into the future.

There is, however, a silent and growing threat to our valued fisheries—invasive species such as the snakehead fish which are introduced to or colonize Delaware and cause damage to our native fish and shellfish. You can help battle invasive species by reporting them and by not releasing or transferring fish or live bait from other water bodies.

New anglers are needed to carry our fishing tradition into the future. The Division promotes youth fishing as part of Delaware’s Children in Nature initiative (see 27th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament and 2013 Take A Kid Fishing Days). The rewards of introducing a child to fishing are evident on this year’s cover showing the young angler’s excitement of catching her first fish, a memory that can hook them on a lifelong fishing tradition. See Fishing Photo Contest Winners for other photographs of young anglers in action. The future of fishing, conservation and the outdoors depends on you Taking a Kid Fishing.

As an avid Delaware angler for many years, I hope to see you on the water. Wishing you
“tight lines” this fishing season…


David E. Saveikis

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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