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Fish & Wildlife Directory

State of Delaware

John C. Carney Jr.


Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Shawn M. Garvin


Division of Fish & Wildlife

David E. Saveikis


Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish

Edward A. Montague, Chair

Garrett L. Grier, Jr., Vice Chair

Raymond F. Burris

John Neal Dukes

Nathan R. Hudson

Joe C. Johnson

Steven M. Kendus

Dale R. Scuse

F. Thomas Unruh

Advisory Council on Tidal Fin Fisheries

Dr. Dewayne Fox, Chair

P. Wes Townsend, Vice Chair

Brian Hoffecker

Marvin M. Kahl, Jr.

James G. Little

Bernard L. Pankowski

Joseph A. Smith

Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing Funding

Bernard L. Pankowski, Chair David A. Russell, Vice Chair

Ralph William Baker

Eric B. Burnley, Sr.

Richard Carlisle

Loren C. Evans

Hon. Ronald Gray

Hon. Gerald Hocker

Ronald L. Horton

Advisory Council on Shell Fisheries

Leonard Voss, Jr., Chair

Steven Copp

Jordan Giuttari

Edward Hale, Jr.

Richard S. Hand, Jr.

Desmond Kahn

Paul Satterfield

State and Federal law prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion and/or disability. Complaints or inquiries should be directed to: Personnel Office, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

This summary is for the convenience of the sportsman and is not intended to cover all fishing laws and regulations. For specific provisions, reference should be made to Title 7, Delaware Code and Delaware Administrative Code. When federal and state laws conflict, the law which is more restrictive governs.

For the actual wording of the Fisheries Statutes and Regulations, as well as a wide variety of other information, visit the Division’s website at


Division of Fish & Wildlife -

F.I.N. number (800) 432-9228

F.I.N. Helpline (866) 447-4626

Fisheries Section, Dover (302) 739-9914

Fisheries Field Offices

Little Creek (302) 735-2960

Woodland Beach (302) 735-8650

Aquatic Resources Education Center (302) 735-8652

Recreational Fishing Licenses (302) 739-9918

Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section

New Castle County (302) 836-4682

Kent County (302) 739-6139

Sussex County (302) 855-1901

24-hour hotline (KENTCOM) for reporting violations, problems (800) 523-3336

Boating Safety (302) 739-9915

Ramp Certificates (302) 739-9916

Boat Registration (302) 739-9916

General Information

Freshwater Trout Program (302) 739-9914

Non-tidal Fishing (302) 735-2960 / (302) 735-8650

Tidal Fishing (302) 739-9914 / (302) 735-2960

Fish Consumption Advisories (302) 739-9914

Division Public Health (302) 744-4546

Artificial Reef Program (302) 735-2960

Fishing / Boating Access Areas (302) 739-9914

Clamming (302) 735-2960

Shellfish Health & Safety, Closures (302) 739-9939

Crabbing (302) 735-2960

State Record Fish Verification (302) 735-2960 / (800) 523-3336

Fish Kills & Environmental Emergencies/Complaints (800) 662-8802

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:

2021 Free fishing Days!

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 5-13, 2021, the Division has designated June 5 and 6 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware’s waters without a fishing license.

Fish Facts

Hey, having trouble identifying your catch? Want to know a good bait to use to catch a certain species? Need to find out what the current state record is for a species? Check out our “Fish Facts” page with loads of helpful information on over 180 species of fish and shellfish you can catch in Delaware waters. Just type in any browser and click on a category. Many folks keep it bookmarked on their smartphone for quick access. Enjoy!