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

It seems to me that this winter has been relatively mild, but very wet. The water temperature in the bay is 43 degrees which is pretty good for late February. Depending on how much snow they have on the ground in New York and Pennsylvania next month, we could be looking at a decent start to the fishing season. Having said this, I expect record snowfall and low temperatures from now until May.Tautog

Inshore Ocean

Tog remain the only target species out of Lewes, Indian River and Ocean City, Maryland. Reports indicate the bite is scattered and light with captains having to move often to find willing takers, but by the end of the day boat limits with some fish over ten pounds have been made.

The black sea bass bite remains very good out of Virginia ports. Boat limits are the norm and most of the fish are in the three to five-pound class.

Offshore Ocean

No report

Indian River Inlet

Still nothing at all from the Inlet. A few reports of perch from the head waters of Indian River, these have been scattered at best.

Surf Fishing

No report.Rainbow Trout


Although we had snow on Wednesday, trout season opens next Saturday, March 2, at the two downstate ponds. Newton Pond, near Greenwood and Tidbury in Dover will be stocked with trout prior to opening day and are currently closed to fishing until that time.

Anglers will need a general fishing license plus a trout stamp with some exceptions. Check online or with a license agent for details.

I have reports of pickerel caught from ponds and spillways on live minnows fished on a bobber. Crappie have been caught on jigs at the Laurel and Seaford spillways.

Delaware Sportsman’s Show

The Delaware Sportsman Show will once again be held at the Cheswold Fire Company on March 2 from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Cheswold is located just north of Dover and there will be signs posted or you can get directions from the internet or your GPS.

I have attended this show a couple of times and found it to be pretty good. They have hunting and fishing displays and my friend Bob Baker will be there selling his hand-made flounder rigs.

I plan to do a little trout fishing in the morning then hit the show to get some of that good fire house food to warm me up. After that I can take my time and check out the displays before heading home.

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