Delaware Fishing Report

The weekly Delaware Fishing Report offers information on when to fish, where to fish, which species are biting, and how to catch them. It is written by veteran Delaware angler Eric Burnley, Sr.

Delaware Bay

The weather put a halt to most fishing trips, but a few hardy anglers did go out and they caught a few fish.

It was all catfish and white perch from New Castle to Port Mahon. Some of these fish have been citation size and most are caught on bloodworms or cut bunker.

Flounder were caught on the New Jersey side of Miah Maull Shoal. Squid and minnows have been the most popular bait. Small blues have shown up in the same location and will hit pretty much anything that moves.

In the Lower Bay the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park saw steady action on spot with occasional visits by small bluefish. Short flounder were also in the mix. Last Sunday in all that rain and wind, a lady boxed 93 spot. Bloodworms for the spot, cut bait for the blues and live minnows for the flounder.

Inshore Ocean

Big seas all week kept most boats tied to the dock. Captain John Nedelka on the Karen Sue out of Indian River did make it out on Tuesday. He looked for dolphin on the high fliers and found none. Then he switched to sea bass and caught 24 for a party of four. John said the water temperature has dropped six degrees. The Katydid ran out of Lewes and caught flounder on Wednesday.

Offshore Ocean

No reports from here all week.

Indian River Inlet

The east wind pushed some small blues through the Inlet, but not on any reliable timetable. The occasional flounder is pulled over the rocks with most caught on a white bucktail or live minnow.

Surf Fishing

The state beaches are closed and could remain so over the weekend.


A lot of rain last Sunday and more to come from the hurricane will raise the water level in the ponds and create dangerous conditions on the Brandywine Creek.

After the Storm

Once the wind and the seas settle down I believe we will be in the full fall fishing mode. All the bait that has been bottled up in the marshes and tidal creeks will come rushing out and hopefully draw the attention of some gamefish. Indian River Inlet could become a hot spot to intercept this conflict as well as the beaches from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island.

There will be problems. Tidal flooding will bring lots of marsh grass to the surf along with a few larger pieces of debris. This junk will impede fishing activities for a few days before the water clears.

In the Bay look for what’s left of the flounder to move towards the ocean along with the blues and croaker. The shoals at the Bay mouth can be good for all sorts of fishing in the fall.

Those same flounder and croaker may be found at B and A buoys as well as the Old Grounds. Flounder and croaker spawn in the ocean so both species will be moving out in the fall.

Eric Burnley, Sr. is a native Delawarean who has fished local waters for more than 60 years. Eric Burnley has been a full-time outdoor writer since 1978, with articles appearing in most national magazines as well as many regional publications. He has written three books, Surf Fishing The Atlantic Coast, The Ultimate Guide To Catching Striped Bass, and Fishing Saltwater Baits