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Welcome to 2024 Delaware Fishing

2024 Delaware Fishing Regulations Cover

What’s New for 2024

  • New state records for Muskie, Tautog, King Mackerel, and Blue Catfish were established in 2023. See State Record Holders for details.
  • In 2023, three individuals met the qualifications for “Elite” angler and are named on Sport Fishing Tournament. For more information on how to qualify, see Sport Fishing Tournament. Give it a shot in 2024.
  • Striped Bass, American Shad and Shortfin Mako Shark season, size, and daily limit regulation changes went into effect in 2023, see Tidal Seasons, Size & Creel Limits.
  • New regulations will likely be necessary for several tidal water species in 2024. The electronic version of Delaware’s fishing guide, available at, will be updated to reflect such regulatory changes as they occur.
  • Anglers and boaters should be aware that shellfish aquaculture leasing is underway in Delaware’s Inland Bays. For more information on lease marking, see Invasive Species.

Free Fishing Days

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-9, 2024, the Division has designated June 1 and 2 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s waters without a fishing license. Anglers age 16 and older must still obtain a free FIN number to participate in the free fishing days.