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What’s New for 2018

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What’s New for 2018

  • We added a new youth division to Delaware’s Sport Fishing Tournament. The program was started midseason in 2017 to provide a little extra incentive for our young anglers to get out there and enjoy the sport we love so much! See Sport Fishing Tournament for more information.
  • In 2017 we added a new “Elite Angler Award”. Eight individuals met the qualifications and are named on the Sport Fishing Tournament page. For more information on how to qualify, see Sport Fishing Tournament. Give it shot in 2018!
  • Three new state record fish were landed in 2017 — Catfish, Snakehead and Golden Tilefish. See State Record Holders for current records.
  • The Division is reinitiating trout stocking at Red Clay Creek due to improving water quality! See Freshwater Trout Fishing for more details on trout fishing in 2018.
  • We are expecting changes in both our Black Sea Bass and Tautog regulations in 2018. Changes in the Summer Flounder regulations may also be necessary and it is likely that management measure for Cobia will be established in 2018. The electronic version of Delaware’s fishing guide, available at www.fw.delaware.gov, is updated to reflect such regulatory changes as they occur.
  • Anglers and boaters should be aware that shellfish aquaculture leasing has started in Delaware’s Inland Bays. For more information on lease marking, see Invasive Species.

2018 Free Fishing Days!

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3–11, the Division has designated June 3 and 4 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s waters without a fishing license