Delaware’s Trout Stamp Program

Delaware’s Freshwater Trout Program is supported by funds derived from the state’s trout stamp program. Anglers fishing for trout have been required to purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp since 1955. Today, fees paid by anglers for trout stamps provide DNREC with an average of $50,000 annually to purchase trout from commercial hatcheries. Stamp revenues also leverage funding through the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program to support Delaware’s trout fishery.

Trout Stamp Art Contest

DNREC invites artists to submit entries each year for the Trout Stamp Art Contest, which began in 1979. A panel of judges selects the winning artwork that will become Delaware’s Trout Stamp for the following year. The winning artist collects a prize of $250.

The next Trout Stamp Art Contest will take place in the late summer or fall of 2022. Judging dates will be set based on the progress of Delaware’s COVID-19 response and the need to protect public health. When dates are set, DNREC will notify artists and post the dates here.

The winning artist for the 2022 Trout Stamp Contest was George Bradford of Georgetown, Delaware.

Delaware Trout Stamps

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.

Collectors and Buyers:
Past Delaware trout stamps are available for sale. Use the Trout Stamp Order Form.

Delaware Trout Stamps can be purchased online, in-person at an authorized license agentor at the licensing desk inside DNREC’s Richardson and Robbins Building, at 89 Kings Highway, in Dover.

Note: Because of the public health restrictions of the coronavirus period, sales at the DNREC offices are suspended.

Trout Stocking

Every year in April, the DNREC Division of Fish and 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.

More Information

For more information on Delaware Trout Stamps, contact the Division’s Licensing Recreational Program, at 302-739-9918 or by email, at

Did you know there’s also a Delaware Waterfowl (Duck) Stamp Contest?