Youth Fishing Programs

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife offers free fishing lessons for children and young teens, through the Take A Kid Fishing! program. Younger children can learn about Delaware’s amazing fish and aquatic creatures by participating in the Small Fry Adventures program. Once you are hooked on fishing you can try one of our kid-friendly fishing ponds for a great day at the water’s edge.

Contact Us

Mary Rivera
Aquatic Resources Education Center

If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed outdoor adventure for your children age 6 to 15, come out and join us for a Take A Kid Fishing! event. Sponsored by the Aquatic Resources Education Center, these events take place at ponds throughout the state.

Take A Kid Fishing! participants visit activity stations where they learn about fundamental fishing skills and conservation. Then they have an opportunity to fish and practice their new fishing skills. All equipment is provided.

Participation in the Take A Kid Fishing! program is free, but pre-registration is required. Please register by sending your name, the date of the event, and the number in your group to Mary Rivera.

Small Fry Adventures

Small Fry Adventures are perfect for youngsters age 4 to 7 who would like to learn about fish and other critters that live in a tidal salt marsh. Kids will have a chance to view marine life in the aquariums at the Aquatic Resources Education Center and make a simple craft with an aquatic theme.

Become a Youth Fishing Program Volunteer

We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our youth fishing programs. The activities are fun and easy – you do not have to have any special knowledge of fishing in order to volunteer.

We have some volunteers who are avid anglers and others who prefer to help kids with activities such as knot-tying or fish printing. There is something for everyone who would like to get outdoors and join other volunteers in a great program for kids!

To volunteer, contact Mary Rivera.