Fish & Wildlife Directory

Fishing Regulations Icon Delaware Fishing

State of Delaware

John C. Carney Jr.


Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Shawn M. Garvin


Division of Fish & Wildlife

David E. Saveikis



Edward A. Montague, Chair

Garrett L. Grier, Jr.,
Vice Chair

Raymond F. Burris

John Neal Dukes

Nathan R. Hudson

Joe C. Johnson

Steven M. Kendus

Dale R. Scuse

F. Thomas Unruh


Dr. Dewayne Fox,

P. Wes Townsend,
Vice Chair

Brian Hoffecker

Marvin M. Kahl, Jr.

James G. Little

Bernard L. Pankowski

Joseph A. Smith


Bernard L. Pankowski,
David A. Russell,
Vice Chair

Ralph William Baker

Eric B. Burnley, Sr.

Richard Carlisle

Loren C. Evans

Hon. Ronald Gray

Hon. Gerald Hocker

Ronald L. Horton


Leonard Voss, Jr.,

Steven Copp

Jordan Giuttari

Edward Hale, Jr.

Richard S. Hand, Jr.

Desmond Kahn

Paul Satterfield


Division of Fish & Wildlife –

F.I.N. number (800) 432-9228

F.I.N. Helpline (866) 447-4626

Fisheries Section, Dover (302) 739-9914

Fisheries Field Offices

Little Creek (302) 735-2960

Woodland Beach (302) 735-8650

Aquatic Resources
Education Center (302) 735-8652

Recreational Fishing Licenses (302) 739-9918

Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section

New Castle County (302) 836-4682

Kent County (302) 739-6139

Sussex County (302) 855-1901

24-hour hotline (KENTCOM) for reporting violations,
problems (800) 523-3336

Boating Safety (302) 739-9915

Ramp Certificates (302) 739-9916

Boat Registration (302) 739-9916

General Information

Freshwater Trout Program (302) 739-9914

Non-tidal Fishing (302) 735-2960 / (302) 735-8650

Tidal Fishing (302) 739-9914 / (302) 735-2960

Fish Consumption Advisories (302) 739-9914

Division Public Health (302) 744-4546

Artificial Reef Program (302) 735-2960

Fishing / Boating Access Areas (302) 739-9914

Clamming (302) 735-2960

Shellfish Health & Safety,
Closures (302) 739-9939

Crabbing (302) 735-2960

State Record
Fish Verification (302) 735-2960 / (800) 523-3336

Fish Kills & Environmental
Emergencies/Complaints (800) 662-8802

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.

For the actual wording of the Fisheries Statutes and Regulations, as well as a wide variety of other information, visit the Division’s website AT www.fw.delaware.gov

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.

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!


Catch and Release

Many anglers practice catch and release fishing. This behavior, popularized by bass anglers, promotes the release of fish by anglers so the fish can be caught again.
A long-term bass tagging study in Delaware has demonstrated many tagged fish are caught, released, and caught again — a few as many as four times. The Division strongly encourages catch and release fishing to maximize angling success — unless a fish population is known to be overcrowded.


Public Ponds

A guide to public ponds, available online, is updated annually with the latest fisheries data. Each pond’s information includes: fish populations, vegetation conditions, special regulations and facilities, and a contour map of the pond.

This information is available at: http://de.gov/pondbook.


NEW License Plates

Purchase a Delaware recreational fishing specialty motor vehicle license plate to show your passion and support for sport fishing in Delaware. There is a one-time purchase price of $95, $80 of which will be used to promote recreational fishing in Delaware and to support fisheries research, habitat restoration, and fish stocking. The new fishing plates can be ordered by mail. An application and ordering instructions are available online at https://tinyurl.com/DEFishplate.


Collecting Stamps

If you are interested in collecting trout or duck stamps, please contact the Division 302-739-9918 or visit our website at www.fw.delaware.gov/Fisheries/Pages/TroutStamp.aspx