Free Fishing Days in Delaware Waters Thanks to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife!


Anglers new and all invited to fish for free in Delaware waters June 11 and 12

Been thinking of casting a line into a nearby stream or daydreaming about a sunny afternoon at the beach with your surf rod, but just haven’t gotten round to purchasing your 2011 Delaware fishing license yet? Then you’ve got an angler’s good luck already for catching opportunity with those thoughts, thanks to DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.

To celebrate National Fishing Week, June 4-12, the Division of Fish & Wildlife invites you to test your favorite Delaware waters for a taste of fishing, clamming and crabbing seasons by offering free fishing days on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. On these two days, anyone may fish the state’s waters without a fishing license. Anglers are reminded that even though they don’t need a license on those two days, if they intend to fish June 11 or 12, they will still be required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network (F.I.N.) number.

National Fishing Week festivities will also include the Division’s 25th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming’s Town Park and the dog training area at Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

With the exception of this one weekend, resident and non-resident anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 fishing in any Delaware waters – including ponds, impoundments, streams, rivers, bays and ocean – are required to purchase a fishing license. Clammers and crabbers are also required to have fishing licenses. Delaware residents older than 65 and both residents and non-residents under age 16 do not have to purchase a license. Licenses are required for non-residents age 65 and older.

Fishing licenses for Delaware residents cost $8.50, while non-residents pay $20 a year or $12.50 for a seven-day license. Licenses may be purchased on-line, at DNREC’s Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, or at any of more than 60 license agents located in sporting goods stores, hardware stores, bait and tackle shops and other businesses throughout the state.

The 2011 Fishing Guide, which includes complete details on licensing, the F.I.N. program and exemptions, is also available from the DNREC Dover office, licensing agents and on the Division of Fish & Wildlife website.

To purchase a Delaware fishing license online, view the Fishing Guide, or for more information on fishing licenses, please visit the DNREC Fisheries homepage at

For other inquiries or more information, please call 302-739-9918.