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33rd Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1–9, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its 33rd annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday June 1, 2019. The event will take place at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Akridge Scout Reservation in Camden, and at the Lums Pond State Park dog training area.

This fishing event is for youths ages 4 to 15. An adult must accompany youths under age 12 and contestants should bring their own fishing equipment. The tournament is free to the public and prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 4–7; 8–11; and 12–15.

The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch and release approach to conservation. There is no pre-registration nor entrance fee required and the tournament is held rain or shine.

In addition to the youth fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing and Boating Week, the Division has designated June 1 and 2, 2019 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s waters without a fishing license.

2019 Take a Kid Fishing! Program

Delaware is a great state for youth fishing and the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife offers free Take A Kid Fishing! events at the Aquatic Resources Education Center and other ponds throughout Delaware. The Take a Kid Fishing! program is geared to kids age 6 to 15 and their families. All equipment is provided for participants to learn basic fishing skills and have a chance to try their hand at catching a fish. So why not join us this summer for a great day at the water’s edge?


  • May 18 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • June 1 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • June 8 at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE 10AM–1PM
  • June 15 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Smyrna 9AM–12PM
  • July 13 at Redden State Forest in Georgetown 10AM-1PM
  • July 20 at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE 10AM–1PM

For updates to this schedule and other events go to the Division of Fish & Wildlife website (www.de.gov/takf). Find us on Facebook at Delaware Fish & Wildlife.


Take a Kid Fishing! events include activity stations, fishing and prizes. The program is free of charge but pre-registration is required. You can register by sending an email to mary.rivera@state.de.us.

This program is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is in conjunction with the national No Child Left Inside program.

Aquatic Resources Education Center

You can learn about native Delaware sportfish and fishing opportunities in the First State by visiting Delaware’s new Aquatic Resources Education (ARE) Center on the Route 9 Bayshore Byway in Smyrna. The center offers two stocked catch and release fishing ponds and a unique vantage point for exploring the tidal salt marsh bordering Delaware Bay. There is a boardwalk over the marsh, plus trails and interpretive signs with information about ARE features including the popular Take A Kid Fishing! Program.


Delaware’s Small Pond Program

The Division has nine small ponds scattered throughout the State which offer shore angling targeted at youth. The ponds range from ½ to 8 acres and contain good populations of largemouth bass and bluegill. Catch and release is the order of the day so barbless hooks are required at most. Additional information about the pond locations and available facilities can be found at: http://bit.ly/SmPond-DE.