DNREC’s 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers now available

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Categories:  Division of Fish and Wildlife DNREC

DOVER – The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers have arrived, 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 and a ruler when buying their 2017 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. The guide is also available online at 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide.

Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find detailed information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and how to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations and general angling information. This year’s guide also showcases additions to the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release program.

The new fishing ruler, colored red for 2017, serves as a handy tool to measure your fish and shellfish catches and provide a quick reference on minimum size, possession limits and seasons.

Although the printed version of the fishing guide and the fishing rulers both provide a summary of minimum sizes, possession limits and seasons, the public is reminded that these regulations are subject to change after the guide has been published and the rulers produced. This year, changes are expected for summer flounder, tilefish, tautog and possibly black sea bass. The online version of the guide will be updated as new regulations become effective.

“We are pleased to issue the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers early in the fishing year to better serve the fishing public,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “We encourage anglers to use them as a source of helpful information to enjoy their fishing experiences in Delaware.”

This year’s guide features winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2016 Fishing Photo Contest. The cover features the first-place photo, “Daddy & Daughter’s 1st Drum,” taken by Shenna Bogetti of Dover of her husband Brian Bogetti and their daughter Mackenzie fishing in the Delaware Bay. Second place and honorable mention 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. “The fishing rulers are perfect to keep on board your boat or in your tacklebox. Every angler should pick up a ruler and a guide when they buy their Delaware fishing license.”

For more information on the 2017 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. 47, No. 33


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