DNREC’s 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available!


DNREC’s 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide is now
available from license dealers throughout state

 The new 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide has arrived with a colorful splash at fishing license dealers throughout the state, including many hardware, sporting goods and bait and tackle shops. Anglers also can pick up a copy of the guide, along with their fishing license and trout stamp, at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and can get it online too – by visiting the DNREC website.

The tackle box-sized guide includes information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and the F.I.N. number program, as well as sections on tidal sportfishing, freshwater fishing, newly-enacted fishing regulations, and general angling information. Other topics include trout stocking, fish consumption advisories, invasive species and Delaware’s artificial reef program.

This year’s guide also features the winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s first fishing photo contest, held in honor of the 100th anniversary of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware. Open to Delaware photographers, the inaugural contest focused on photos of Delaware’s young anglers. Dover’s Michele Reeder won first place for her photo of her son, Colin Reeder, which appears on the cover. Other winners are pictured inside the guide.

Changes for this season include new tautog seasons, size and creel limits; closure of commercial and recreational river herring fisheries; and amended shark regulations that provide increased protection for sandbar and other prohibited shark species. In addition, anglers should check out the section on the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament for changes in tuna and a size reduction for citation weakfish.

“This handy take-along guide contains everything anglers need to know about fishing in Delaware, from freshwater ponds and rivers to the Delaware Bay and ocean,” said Fisheries Administrator John Clark. “Every angler should pick one up to add to his or her fishing gear.”

For more information on the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960. If you have difficulty in obtaining a copy of the fishing guide, please call Garry Glanden of the Fisheries Section at 302-735-2972.