Before You Fish

Fishing Regulations Icon Delaware Fishing

Before you go fishing, crabbing, or clamming in Delaware you must:

While fishing, crabbing, or clamming in Delaware, you must:

  • Abide by size and possession limits.
  • Be aware of area and seasonal closures.

Please be aware that:

  • Delaware does not have fishing license reciprocity with other states. You must have a Delaware fishing license to fish, crab or clam in Delaware.
  • Delaware does not recognize Federal FIN numbers or FIN numbers from other states. You must have a free Delaware FIN (Fishing License Information).
  • You must have a New Jersey FIN number if you fish in New Jersey waters of Delaware Bay.

Fish Facts

Hey, having trouble identifying your catch? Want to know a good bait to use to catch a certain species? Need to find out what the current state record is for a species? Check out our “Fish Facts” page with loads of helpful information on over 180 species of fish and shellfish you can catch in Delaware waters. Just type fishspecies.dnrec.delaware.gov in any browser and click on a category. Many folks keep it bookmarked on their smartphone for quick access. Enjoy!