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.

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.