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Welcome to 2022 Delaware Fishing

2022 Delaware Fishing Regulations cover

What's New

  • A new law modernizes fishing licenses and trout stamps to allow digital formats. Anglers may now possess their Delaware fishing license and trout stamp in either digital or paper form when fishing in Delaware waters. To purchase a Delaware fishing license or trout stamp, go to or see the Digital DNREC box on Fishing License Information.
  • In 2021, five individuals met the qualifications for “Elite” anglers and are named on Sport Fishing Tournament Updates. For more information on how to qualify, see page 24. Give it a shot in 2022!
  • New Cobia, Blueline Tilefish and Golden Tilefish season, size and daily limit regulations are in effect in 2022, see Tidal Seasons, Size & Creel Limits.
  • A new regulation requiring the use of non-offset circle hooks when fishing recreationally with bait for Striped Bass, and a new definition of “bait” are in effect in 2022. Bait is defined as any marine or aquatic organism, live or dead, whole or parts thereof.
  • New regulations will likely be necessary for tidal waters species in 2022. 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.

2022 Free fishing Days!

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2022, the Division has designated June 4 and 5 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.