2016 Delaware Fishing Guide now available statewide and online

DOVER – The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s new 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide has arrived with a colorful splash, with distribution to fishing license agents throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait & tackle and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up a copy of the guide, along with buying their fishing license and trout stamp, at the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. They can check it out online too – by visiting 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide.

Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and the F.I.N. number program, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations and general angling information. Other topics include information on how to participate in the fisheries management process and a marine recreational fishing survey conducted by the Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Although the printed version of the fishing guide provides a summary of minimum sizes, possession limits and seasons, the public is reminded that these regulations are subject to change. This year, changes are expected for American eel and tautog. The online version of the guide will be updated as these new regulations become effective.

“We are pleased to issue the 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide early in the fishing year to better serve the fishing public,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “We encourage anglers to use it, not only to reference size and possession limits and seasons, but to access other helpful fishing information.”

This year’s guide also features winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2015 Fishing Photo Contest. The cover features the first-place photo, “My First Catch,” taken by Steve Rosemary of Lewes of his granddaughter Cyena Williams surf-fishing in the ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park. Other winning photos appear inside the guide.

“The guide provides a user-friendly summary of fishing opportunities in Delaware, from freshwater ponds and rivers to the Delaware Bay and ocean,” said DNREC Fisheries Administrator John Clark. “Every angler should pick one up to add to their tackle box when they buy their Delaware fishing license.”

For more information on the 2016 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater fishing information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater fishing information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 30