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 rockfish reports are few and far between. I hear reports about some big fish up the Delaware River in New Jersey, but only short fish here in Delaware. A friend pointed out the fact that no one in the Lower Bay or in the ocean is fishing for them right now so they could be out there and we wouldn’t know.

Striped Bass (Rockfish)

Rock just short of the 28-inch minimum size were caught along the shoreline from Augustine Beach to Woodland Beach on cut bunker and bloodworms. White perch and even smaller rockfish were taken from the tributaries on bloodworms.

Blue Catfish

Two young men fishing in Blackbird Creek had some good action. Fourteen-year-old Matthew Santoro caught a 7.58-pound snakehead on a chatterbait and an 8.4-pound blue catfish on a nightcrawler. His friend fifteen-year-old Carter Goldsmith had a 6.33-pound channel catfish on a catfish bait.

A very few black drum have been caught from Broadkill Beach on bloodworms and clam. This is one location that has produced big rockfish over the years.


The Outer Wall has produced a few keeper tog. The fishing is slow, but the few boats that stick it out come back with some meat in the box. Green crab and sand fleas are the prime baits.

Indian River Inlet

BluefishThere was a run of bluefish in the three to five-pound range on Tuesday, but they have not come back. Anglers fishing for rockfish with plastic shads had the tails cut off. They switched to metal lures and began catching blues.

Small tog are being caught on crab and small rockfish are hitting swim shads.

Surf Fishing

Small rockfish have been caught on bloodworms, but it is a very scattered bite. The occasional kingfish is taken on the same bait.

Inshore Ocean

Lewes HarborA lot of activity at Lewes Harbour Marina and Indian River Marina, but it is all out of the water. Everyone is working on their boats and I expect they will all be ready for the opening of sea bass season on May 15.

Offshore Ocean

No report.


I did not get any freshwater reports from Delaware this week. I did get good trout fishing reports from White Clay Creek in Pennsylvania. I checked out a few white perch hot spots in Sussex County and found no one fishing them.

Engine Cut-Off Switches

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a new law passed by congress that requires an emergency cut-off switch be installed and in working condition on all boats less than 26 feet in length. If you don’t have a cut-off switch on your motor, you will have to get one and install it by yourself or have a mechanic do it for you.

My 1996 Mercury does not have a cut-off switch so I ordered one from Amazon. It came right away and without any instructions. I went back on Amazon and tried to find some instructions, but to no avail. I will keep trying.

I think you can count on having your boat checked if it is under 26 feet and getting a ticket if you don’t have a cut-off switch or if the one you have is not working.

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