Delaware’s Freshwater Trout Program is a self-supporting fishery supported, in part, by funds derived from the state’s trout stamp program. Anglers fishing for trout have been required to purchase a trout stamp since 1955. Today, fees paid by anglers for trout stamps provide the Division with an average of $35,000 annually to purchase trout from commercial hatcheries.
In 1979, the Division began an annual trout stamp art competition. Artists submit their entries to the Division and a panel of judges is convened to select the winning artwork that will become Delaware’s trout stamp for the following year. A prize of $250 is awarded to the winning artist.
The winning artist for the 2020 Trout Stamp Contest was Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana.
The contest to select the design for the 2021 Delaware Trout Stamp is open November 1, 2019, through March 6, 2020. All entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, March 6, 2020.
See the 2021 Contest Rules for more information.
Collectors and Buyers:
Past Delaware trout stamps are available for sale. Use the Trout Stamp Order Form.
Residents 16 to 64 years of age are required to have a Delaware Trout Stamp, which costs $4.20. Residents ages 12 through 15 years old are required to have a Young Angler Trout Stamp, which costs $2.10. Non-residents 12 years of age and older are required to have a Non-Resident Trout Stamp, which costs $6.20.
Every year in April, the Division of Fish & Wildlife stocks rainbow, brown and occasionally brook, tiger and golden rainbow trout in selected New Castle County streams and in one pond each in Kent and Sussex counties. A limited stocking also occurs in the fall at White Clay Creek.
Because Delaware stream temperatures are marginal at best for trout survival in the summer, and no reproduction has been noted, stocked fish are meant to be taken, not caught and re-released.
For more information on Delaware trout stamps, please contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife Licensing Section, at 302-739-9918 or by email, at DNREC_StampPrograms@delaware.gov.
Did you know, there’s also a Delaware Waterfowl (Duck) Stamp Contest?