2017 Delaware Fishing Guide Now Available
The 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers are available at fishing license agents throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait & tackle, and hardware stores.
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 sport fishing, fishing regulations and general angling information.
This year's guide also showcases additions to the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release program.
The public is reminded that the regulations in the printed guide are subject to change after the guide has been published.
What's New for 2017
- All limits and seasons are subject to change at anytime. Anglers can expect regulation changes for Tautog, Blueline Tilefish and Summer Flounder in 2017. These changes were not available at the time of printing; however, the online version of the fishing guide is updated regularly and can be accessed by clicking here.
- Anglers are reminded that federal rules now specify all Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) not retained must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, by cutting the line near the hook or by using a de-hooking device, in either case without removing the fish from the water.
Before you go fishing, crabbing, or clamming in Delaware you must:
- Purchase a 2017 Delaware fishing license and keep it with you while fishing.
- Get a free 2017 FIN number (automatically generated with the purchase of an individual license) and keep it with you while fishing.
- If fishing for freshwater trout, get a 2017 trout stamp and affix it to your license.
Please be aware that:
- Delaware does not have fishing license reciprocity with other states. You must have a Delaware fishing license to fish, crab or clam in Delaware.
- Delaware does not recognize Federal FIN numbers or FIN numbers from other states. You must have a free Delaware FIN.
- You must have a New Jersey FIN number if you fish in New Jersey waters of Delaware Bay.