DNREC Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Blotter:
Are you AWARE?
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds anglers that with trout season opening downstate at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 7 and other spring fishing opportunities coming up soon, they will need to purchase their 2015 Delaware fishing license and, specifically for trout fishing, a state trout stamp. Trout will be stocked in Tidbury Pond near Dover in Kent County and Newton Pond outside of Greenwood in Sussex County. Both ponds are closed to all fishing from Saturday, Feb. 21 until opening day on March 7. Upstate, trout season in six stocked trout streams opens at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4.
A resident annual Delaware recreational fishing license, which covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. 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 stamps if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20.
Most trout anglers also must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp, with the exception of anglers younger than age 12 and resident anglers age 65 and older. For residents age 16 through 64, a trout stamp costs $4.20. For residents age 12 through 15, a youth trout stamp costs $2.10. For non-residents, a trout stamp is required for all anglers age 12 and older and costs $6.20.
Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.
Delaware fishing licenses and trout stamps are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses . For additional information, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide . The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.