Are you AWARE?
For this week’s Are You Aware, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section would like to remind anglers that a Delaware fishing license is required to fish, crab or clam in tidal or fresh waters. The minimum fine for being caught fishing without a license in $106. Anglers who wish to catch trout must also purchase a trout stamp.
Resident annual fishing licenses are on sale now and cost $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Trout stamps cost $4.20 for ages 16 through 64; a youth stamp costs $2.10 for youth anglers ages 12 through 15. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses and trout if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. Higher stamp and license prices apply to non-resident anglers.
With fish entering the spillways early this year due to the warm weather, anglers are also reminded that using any type of net to catch fish within 300 feet of a dam or spillway is illegal, with the exception of using a landing net on a fish caught with hook and line. Also, new this year is the closure of Delaware’s river herring fishery, as directed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. This regulation makes it illegal for anglers to catch and keep river herring, a fish commonly used for bait.
“Delaware’s fishing regulations are based on scientific review of conservation needs determined by state, regional and federal fisheries agencies, and we are charged with enforcing these regulations,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “The fishing public is encouraged to become familiar with the regulations before they head out to fish. And remember, it’s better for the environment – and less expensive for the angler – to follow the rules, including buying a fishing license.”
To purchase a fishing license or stamps online, or for more information, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries, or call the Fisheries section at 302-739-9914.