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Delaware Fishing Records

This page lists each current Delaware record fish as well as the anglers who hooked, fought and landed them. Seventeen freshwater species and thirty saltwater species of trophy fish have been recognized as state records in Delaware. These fish are the largest specimens documented to have been caught by rod and reel. If you
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Council on Recreational Fishing Funding

The Council on Recreational Fishing Funding was created in 2007 and serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Fish & Wildlife. It considers matters relating to funding fishery-related projects as well as fishery-related construction priorities for the expenditure of funds generated from the sale of recreational fishing licenses.
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Advisory Council on Shell Fisheries

The Advisory Council on Shell Fisheries was created in 1953 and serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Fish & Wildlife. It considers matters relating to the control and direction of the shellfish industry and the protection, conservation and propagation of shellfish of this State, and such matters as may be referred to
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Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish

The Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish was created in 1953 as the Council on Game and Fish. It serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife.

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Danielle Patone Recording Secretary 302.739.9912
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Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries

The Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries was created in 1984 to advise the Division of Fish & Wildlife and represent both the commercial and recreational interests in the state’s regulation of finfish.

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Rebecca Hoover Recording Secretary 302.739-9914
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Fish & Wildlife Advisory Councils

Delaware state law establishes several councils to advise the Director of Fish & Wildlife on matters relating to fisheries, recreational fishing, wildlife and hunting, and shell fisheries.
Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish Council on Recreational Fishing Funding
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Contact Information

David Saveikis, Director 89 Kings Highway Dover, DE 19901 302.739.9910 david.saveikis@delaware.gov

Delaware Bayshore Initiative

Anthony Gonzon, Coordinator 302.735.8673 anthony.gonzon@delaware.gov
Frequently-Called Phone Numbers Boat Registration:
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Licenses and Permits

The Division of Fish & Wildlife manages licenses, permits, registrations, stamps and conservation access passes related to fishing, hunting, boating, and the use of state wildlife areas.
Fishing Licenses Trout Stamps
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Fish & Wildlife License Agents

Hunting and fishing licenses, and conservation access passes (CAP), can be purchased at the following authorized licensing agents. Some agents only sell fishing licenses while others sell only hunting licenses and conservation access passes. Licenses also can be purchased online or at the licensing desk inside DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, at 89 Kings Highway SW, in Dover.  
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Questions & Answers: Delaware Fishing Licenses

The following are many of the questions that have come in about fishing licenses in Delaware. If you have a question, and don’t find the answer here, please send us an email at DFWRecLic@delaware.gov. When was it required to
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Lost Your License?

You can print a duplicate of your license, permit, pass, and/or stamp, if needed. Duplicates can be printed online, or using printers at the main DNREC offices in Dover.

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Danielle Davis Licensing Coordinator 302.739.9918
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Low Number License Lottery

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will not hold a low-number hunting license lottery for the 2020/21 hunting season. Please check back for lottery information about the 2021/22 licensing season. For more information, Delaware residents can contact Danielle Davis, Division of Fish & Wildlife License Program Coordinator, at 302.739.9918, between the
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Fish & Wildlife License Fees

Information on fees for licenses, registrations, permits, and passes from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Delaware Resident Non-Resident Agent Fee Resident Hunting License (Ages 16 to 64) $39.50 N/A $2.50
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Exemptions and Exceptions

Delaware state law and Delaware’s fishing and hunting regulations provide several exemptions and exceptions to the state’s fishing and hunting licensing requirements.
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Automated Licensing System

Welcome to the DNREC “Egov” online licensing system. This is an online application built to provide you with an option to purchase Recreational Licenses, Passes, Permits, and/or Stamps. There are some changes and warnings to share with you. So please read carefully. Know the Rules [column md=”4″ xclass=”col-xs-12
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Recreational Licensing

The Division of Fish & Wildlife offers licenses, permits, stamps, and passes for recreational fishing and hunting, and for the use of Delaware Wildlife Areas. Licenses, permits, stamps, and passes are available in-person at an authorized license agent or at the licensing desk inside DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, and, in most cases, online.
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Fish Consumption Advisories

DNREC and the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) work together to monitor the presence of chemical toxins in the flesh of finfish and shellfish in Delaware waters. They issue periodic fish consumption advisories to guide anglers on the amount of fish they can safely consume.
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2018 Fish Consumption Advisory Information

Delaware fish consumption advisories issued February 20, 2018, by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health (DHSS/DPH) show that the concentration of chemical contaminants found in fish caught from Delaware waterways continues to decline, indicating water quality is improving across the
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Request a No-Spray Zone

The Delaware Mosquito Control Section accepts applications for No-Spray Zones in which mosquito control adulticides will not be applied in the immediate or close vicinity of your residence.
Glasgow Office (New Castle County & northern
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Wetland Management and Restoration

The Mosquito Control Section helps to control mosquito populations by improving and managing wetlands in oreder to increase fish and wildlife populations and restore previously altered wetland habitats to a healthier condition. These wetland systems, when properly functioning, help to create a natural check on mosquito populations. Successful wetland management can help reduce the need
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Mosquito-Borne Diseases

There are several mosquito-borne diseases of concern in Delaware: Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Canine Heartworm Disease, and a possible newcomer, Zika, for which the state’s awareness is growing.
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Mosquito Spraying in Delaware

The Mosquito Control Section uses a Spray Zone Notification System to let residents know when and where they plan to apply pesticides to control mosquito populations.
Delaware Mosquito Control Spray Policy Mosquito Control Pesticide Management Discharge Plan (PMDP)
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Questions and Answers

Many adult mosquitoes around the home come from mosquito production sites within or near the neighborhood. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes by finding and eliminating standing or stagnant water on your property. Look
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Mosquito Control

DNREC’s Mosquito Control Section provides mosquito control services throughout Delaware to maintain quality of life and protect public health by reducing the possibility of mosquito-borne illnesses.
Dr. William Meredith Administrator 302.739.9917
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Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

The Asian Tiger Mosquito is Delaware’s newest and toughest nuisance mosquito. Tiger mosquitoes get their name from their distinct stripe pattern and their aggressive behavior. If you suspect you may have an Asian Tiger Mosquito problem, there are things you can do to get rid of the problem. Check Your Property The
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Bass Tournament Reporting Form

Thank you for reporting on the results of your tournament. Please answer all of the questions below. If a question doesn’t apply to your bass tournament, please enter “N/A” in that field. Please make sure you include your contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail. If you have any questions, please
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Small Pond Angling

In addition to Delaware’s many state-owned freshwater fishing ponds, there are nine small ponds, most geared toward bank fishing and most managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife. They are ideal for beginners and youth angling.
Find a Small Pond 
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Delaware’s Public Freshwater Fishing Ponds

More than 30 Delaware freshwater lakes and ponds are open for fishing and other recreation. These impoundments, most of them managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, range in size from five to 189 acres. They support a variety of gamefish. Find full information about each of these ponds using the Delaware Ponds
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Share Your Views: Natural Resources Police

This page contains an embedded SurveyMonkey survey from the Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police. The survey may not be visible to screen readers. To give your feedback, please feel free to contact the Natural Resources Police at
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Fish Monitoring via Electrofisher

The Division of Fish & Wilfdlife uses electrofishing to safely sample fish populations in a variety of water bodies. Electrofishing is one of the most efficient sampling methods available to fisheries biologists. It uses an electric current to temporarily stun fish. This lets biologists sample and survey fish populations with minimal disturbance and risk to
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Report a Tagged Largemouth Bass

The Division of Fish and Wildlife monitors largemouth bass in Delaware rivers to help maintain a sustainable bass population and provide recreational fishing opportunities. Reports from anglers about the tagged bass they catch are an important part of the effort.
Bass are tagged when the Division conducts
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Conservation Access Pass

Delaware’s Conservation Access Pass provides needed funding to help the Division of Fish & Wildlife maintain and improve public access, facilities, and wildlife habitat on State Wildlife Areas. A Conservation Access Pass is required for any registered motor vehicle that’s used to access State Wildlife Areas for hunting, bird-watching, photography and similar recreational activities.
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Photo Contest Information and Entry Form

Photo Contest Themes All entries will be judged against the contest themes. For fishing photos: Get Out and Fish DE For hunting photos: Get Out and Hunt DE

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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.
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Division of Fish & Wildlife

We Bring You Delaware’s Great Outdoors through Science and Service
The Division of Fish & Wildlife conserves and manages Delaware’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, and provides fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and boating access on nearly
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