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Delaware

Fishing

Fish & Wildlife Directory

State of Delaware

John C. Carney Jr.

Governor

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Shawn M. Garvin

Secretary

Division of Fish & Wildlife

David E. Saveikis

Director

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

Mike Cerchio

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

Directory

Division of Fish & Wildlife -
www.fw.delaware.gov

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: http://de.gov/pondbook.

Clean Water

How’s My Waterway

How’s My Waterway (www.epa.gov/mywaterway) helps users quickly find information on the condition of their local waters using a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. This tool provides results within seconds using EPA’s water quality assessment data. Check out the condition of your local waterbody today!

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 fishspecies.dnrec.delaware.gov in any browser and click on a category. Many folks keep it bookmarked on their smartphone for quick access. Enjoy!

New License Plates

Purchase a Delaware recreational fishing specialty motor vehicle license plate to show your passion and support for sport fishing in Delaware. There is a one-time purchase price of $95, $80 of which will be used to promote recreational fishing in Delaware and to support fisheries research, habitat restoration, and fish stocking. The new fishing plates can be ordered by mail. An application and ordering instructions are available online at https://tinyurl.com/DEFishplate.

Collecting Stamps

If you are interested in collecting trout or waterfowl stamps, please contact the Division at (302) 739-9918 or visit our website at: http://de.gov/troutstamp.