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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

2014 Seasons, Size & Creel Limits

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Delaware’s Recreational Seasons, Size and Creel Limits

 Largemouth-bass.psd

Largemouth bass

All year

12 inches; except 15 inches in Becks Pond

6; except 2 from Becks Pond

 Smallmouth-bass.psd

Smallmouth bass

All year

None between 12 – 17 inches

6 (no more than 1 > 17 inches)

striped-bass-hybrid.psd

Striped bass hybrid (Only occur in Lums Pond)

All year

15 inches

2

Black-crappie.psd Bluegill.psd
White-perch_1.psdYellow-perck.psdRedear-sunfish.psd

Panfish (white perch, yellow perch, crappie, bluegill & pumpkinseed)

All year

None

50 (no more than 25 of one species)

Rainbow-trout.psd

Trout (special rules apply, Freshwater Trout Fishing)

Streams open 1st Sat.
in April

Ponds open 1st Sat.
in March

None

6 (4 in fly-fishing only waters)

 American-eel.psd

American eel

All year

6 inches

50

Amer-shad.psd hickory-shad.psd

American &
hickory shad

Closed Nanticoke R. & its tribs.; Open all year elsewhere

None

10 in any combination

 Atlantic-croaker.psd

Atlantic croaker

All year

8 inches

None

Atlantic-sturgeon.psd

Atlantic sturgeon

Endangered – no harvest permitted (see Be On The Lookout)

 Black-drum.psd

Black drum

All year

16 inches

3

 Black-sea-bass.psd

Black sea bass

May 19 – Sept. 18

12.5 inches
(excluding caudal filament)

15

Oct. 18 – Dec. 31

15

 Bluefish.psd

Bluefish

All year

None

10

 Channel-catfish.psd

Catfish (any species)

All year

None

None

 Red-drum.psd

Red drum

All year

20 – 27 inches may be retained

5

 alewife.psdblueback-herring.psd

River herring
(alewife & blueback)

Closed – no harvest permitted

 Scup.psd

Scup

All year

8 inches

50

Spanish-mackerel.psd

Spanish mackerel

All year

14 inches

15

 spotted-seatrout-.psd

Spotted seatrout

All year

12 inches

None

 Striped-bass.psd

Striped bass

All year

28 inches, except only 20 – 26 inch fish may be retained from
July 1 – Aug. 31 in DE River, DE Bay & their tribs (DE waters only).

2, except catch & release only on spawning grounds April 1 – May 31

 Summer-flounder.psd

Summer flounder

All year

16 inches

4

Tautog.psd

Tautog

Jan. 1 – Mar. 31

15 inches

5

April 1 – May 11

3

July 17 – Aug. 31

5

Sept. 29 – Dec. 31

5

 Weakfish.psd

Weakfish

All year

13 inches

1

White perch

All year

8 inches

None

 winter-flounder.psd

Winter flounder

Feb. 11 – Apr. 10

12 inches

2

blue-crab.psdBlue crab See Blue Crabs for more details

Pots: Mar. 1 – Nov. 30; other gears year around

Peeler – 3 inches

1 bushel

Soft-shell – 3.5 inches

Hard-shell – 5 inches

hard-clam2.psdHard clams

All year

1.5 inches

100/resident

50/non-resident

American-lobster.psdLobster

All year

3 3/8 – 5 1/4 inches (slot)

2; V-notched prohibited

Conch

Knobbed whelk

All year

6 inches / 3.5 inch whorl

5 bushels

Channeled whelk

All year

6 inches / 3.125 inch whorl

5 bushels

Sharks and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) - Special permit may be required for federal waters

smoothhound.psd

Spiny & smooth dogfish

All year

None

None

sandbar-shark.psd

Blacktip shark, bull shark, great hammerhead, lemon shark, nurse shark, scalloped hammerhead, silky shark, smooth hammerhead, spinner shark, tiger shark

Jan. 1 -May 14

54 inches FORK LENGTH

Boat anglers- only 1 shark of any species per vessel, except 1 additional bonnethead and 1 additional Atlantic sharpnose per angler onboard vessel. Shore anglers – only 1 shark of any species per angler, except 1 additional bonnethead and one additional Atlantic sharpnose per shore angler.

July 16 – Dec. 31

Shortfin-mako.psd

Blue shark, oceanic white-tip shark, porbeagle, shortfin mako, thresher shark

All year

54 inches FORK LENGTH

bonnethead-shark.psd

Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark, bonnethead, finetooth shark

All year

None

Prohibited Species

sandbar-shark_1.psd
sand-tiger-shark.psd
dusky-shark.psd

Sandbar shark, sand tiger, Atlantic angel shark, basking shark, bigeye sand tiger, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, longfin mako, narrowtooth shark, night shark, sevengill shark, sixgill shark, smalltail shark, whale shark, white shark

The sandbar & sand tiger are toothed sharks commonly taken in the nearshore waters of the state and are prohibited species. Like all prohibited species, they must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival.

Special Restrictions for Shark

It is unlawful to fillet a shark prior to landing. A shark may be eviscerated prior to landing, but head, tail and fins must remain attached to the carcass.

It is unlawful to release a shark in a manner that will not ensure the sharks maximum probability of survival (i.e. no gaffs, no clubbing, careful hook removal, etc.).

It is unlawful to possess the fins from any shark prior to landing unless they are naturally attached to the body of the shark.

Tunas and HMS – Special permit required

Blue-marlin.psd Yellowfin-tuna.psd
SALTswo.psdWhite-marlin.psd
Albacore.psd

Atlantic tunas, swordfish and billfish

*Special permit required – All private vessel owners/operators recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) for personal use in the Atlantic Ocean must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling Permit. Further limits and restrictions apply. Consult hmspermits.noaa.gov or call toll free (888) 872-8862 for specific information and permits. 

2014 ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ Days!

TAKF-Girl.jpgDo you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying their hand at landing a fish? In the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! program, they can do just that! Sponsored by DNREC’s Aquatic Resource Education Center, Take a Kid Fishing! teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation. This free event also features activity stations, prizes and of course, fishing. All equipment will be provided.

April 12th at Abbotts Mill Nature Center in Milford 10AM-1PM

April 19th at the Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna 10AM-1PM

May 3rd at Killens Pond State Park in Felton 10AM-1PM

May 17th at Lums Pond State Park in Bear 10AM-1PM

June 21st at the Aquatic Resource Education Center in Smyrna 10AM-1PM

July 19th at Redden State Forest in Georgetown 10AM-1PM

REGISTRATION

Participation in the program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Please register online at – www.surveymonkey.com/s/TAKF. To get more information on our Take a Kid Fishing! program, please contact Tess Belcher at Theresa.Belcher@state.de.us or (302) 735-8656.

This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is in conjunction with the national No Child Left Inside program.

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