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 certainly hasn’t done fishermen any favors in recent weeks. The cold and wind, mixed with rain and snow, does not encourage even the most dedicated angler to venture outside. At one point during a recent storm, waves in the ocean were reported at 12 feet. I don’t care how big your boat is, that will get your attention.

Once the weather pattern breaks, we should begin to see the first run of yellow perch. The spillway at Noxontown is one location that usually attracts perch and anglers. Millington, Maryland is another yellow perch hot spot. Shad darts with small minnows have been a perch bait as long as I can remember.

Indian River Inlet

I just received good news from Senator Tom Carper’s office. The Philadelphia Corps of Engineers has been awarded $43.8 million to make repairs to Indian River Inlet, including addressing issues that have affected fishing access.

I am sure there are tog at Indian River Inlet, but I am not too sure they are very active in this cold weather.

Surf Fishing

I had no reports from anyone who fished the surf.

Inshore Ocean

I had one report of rockfish out of Ocean City, Maryland, and one out of Cape Henry, Virginia. Both mentioned the same lures — MOJOs and Stretch plugs.

Offshore Ocean

No report.


The ice came off the downstate ponds this week, but 25 to 30-knot northwest winds would discourage an arctic explorer from fishing.

Boat and Fishing Shows

While Delaware does not have a major boat show, we do have at least one fishing show and possibly more before the winter is over. The closest boat show is in Ocean City, Maryland. Most Delaware boat dealers will be there.

These shows give us a chance to see what’s new in the boating and fishing world for 2022. It’s also nice to look at some things we can’t afford and pretend we can.

In this age of COVID, I am sure you must wear a mask and keep social distancing, but even that is a small price to pay for the chance to enjoy some time among the things we enjoy on a cold winter day.

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