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

With not much to report when the weather was nice, you can guess how much there was to report from the bay when the weather was cold and windy. Once we get back to more seasonal conditions, whatever that means in Delaware, there should be the beginning of the yellow perch run in the tidal creeks and rivers.

Yellow Perch

Last week it wouldn’t have done you any good to be in Florida where the National Weather Service issued a warning for falling iguanas as the cold weather stunned these lizards and caused them to fall from trees.

Tog fishing should be good out of Lewes once we get calm seas. At least one head boat is still running from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Inshore Ocean

Both charter and head boats have been catching limits of tog when they can reach the inshore reefs and wrecks. The bite is light, but the fish are large, with some exceeding eight pounds.


Offshore Ocean

No offshore report this week.

Indian River Inlet

Even the most dedicated tog fishermen could not put up with those subfreezing temperatures.

Surf Fishing

Here too, no one has been out.


I did have one report from an angler who used his boat to break through skim ice and ended up catching a good-sized bass for a mill pond. Man, you have to really love a bass!

Stay Off the Ice

Just received news that a young boy was lost when he fell through the ice in a New Jersey lake. From what I have seen in Sussex County the ice on the ponds has not been thick enough to tempt an adult to go out, but that doesn’t mean a child won’t try. If you live near a pond please talk to your kids about the danger of thin ice and try to discourage them from going out no mater how many double dog dares, they get from their buddies.

The boy we lost in New Jersey was pulled from the water alive, but died from hypothermia at the hospital.

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