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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Freshwater Trout Fishing

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License and Stamp Requirements for Trout Fishing

Under 12

No

No

No

No

12 thru 15

No

Yes

No

No

16 thru 64

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

65 and over

No

No

No

Yes

Under 12

No

No

No

No

12 thru 15

No

No

Yes

No

16 and over

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Trash-Free

CARRY-IN-CARRY-OUT-SIGN.psdReminder: Keep Fishing and Boat Launching Areas Trash-Free!

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has a carry-in, carry-out policy for state wildlife areas, fishing piers and boat launching facilities. Trash cans are not provided, and visitors are expected to take their trash with them when they leave. To help ensure that these wild lands and public facilities are kept clean and trash-free, don’t forget to pack a trash bag for your next fishing trip.

Freshwater Trout Fishing

Delaware’s freshwater trout program is a self-supporting put-and-take fishery in selected New Castle County streams and Kent and Sussex County ponds. Revenue generated from the sales of trout stamps is used to purchase rainbow, brook and/or brown trout for stocking (see below). Summer water temperatures limit trout survival and reproduction in Delaware waters, so stocked fish are meant to be taken, but may be released at the angler’s discretion.

Season / Hours - The 2014 freshwater trout season in Tidbury (Kent County) and Newton (Sussex County) Ponds opens at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday March 1, 2014.

The 2014 freshwater trout season in New Castle County opens at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday April 5, 2014.

No fishing is allowed in designated trout streams or designated trout ponds (Tidbury & Newton Ponds) two weeks (14 days) prior to the scheduled opening of the trout season.
It is unlawful to fish for trout in designated trout streams or designated trout ponds between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

Trout Stamps – A trout stamp is required to fish in a designated trout stream from the first Saturday in April through June 30 and from the first Saturday in October through November 30 unless exempted by law. A trout stamp is also required to fish Tidbury Pond in Kent County and Newton Pond in Sussex County from the first Saturday in March through April 1. Stamps are available online in electronic form, or a printed stamp may be obtained at DNREC Headquarters (89 Kings Hwy, Dover). All stamps must be signed across the face to legally trout fish. Purchasers of electronically issued stamps may obtain an original printed stamp by calling 302-739-9918. A stamp will be mailed to you after December 31, 2014.

Special Fly Fishing Only Sections (Restricted Trout Streams)

White Clay Creek from a point 25 yards above Thompson Bridge at Chambers Rock Road to the Pennsylvania state line is designated as a fly-fishing only trout stream (restricted trout waters).

It is unlawful to use any metallic, plastic or rubber spinners, spoons, lures, plugs or natural bait or to use more than two (2) flies on a line at any one time.

It is unlawful to possess more than four (4) trout within 50 feet of a fly fishing only section (restricted trout waters). Anglers may catch and release trout on these waters as long as the four (4) trout possession limit is not exceeded. All trout released must be returned to the water as quickly as possible with the least possible injury.

Possession Limits of Trout

It shall be unlawful for any person to possess more than six (6) trout in any one day; except, it shall be unlawful to possess more than four (4) trout in or within 50 feet of any fly-fishing only waters (restricted trout streams).

Collecting Stamps

Trout-Image.jpgIf 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

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

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