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About the Division of Fish & Wildlife

We Bring You Delaware’s Great Outdoors through Science and Service   What We Do Manage the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Enforce laws and regulations designed to protect and conserve these resources. Provide hunter and boater safety education programs. Provide environmental education
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History of the Sport Fishing Tournament

Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Home
  • Tournament Rules
  • Tournament Youth Division
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    Tournament Sizes

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
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  • Tournament History
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    Collectible Lapel Pins

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Home
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  • Tournament History
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    Tournament Youth Division

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Home
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    Live Release Entry Form

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Home
  • Tournament Rules
  • Tournament History
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    Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
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    Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament Rules

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Home
  • Tournament History
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    Delaware Elite Anglers

    Delaware’s Elite Anglers are the select few who have received Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citations for five different species within one calendar year. A once-in-a lifetime award, the Delaware Elite Angler is the most esteemed level of angling accomplishment that the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes. Any combination of saltwater and freshwater
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    Tournament Weigh Stations

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Home
  • Tournament Rules
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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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    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
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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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    Public Hearing: Proposed Revisions to the Non-Tidal Finfish Regulations

    The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2019-R-F-0031) on proposed revisions to the Non-Tidal Finfish Regulations to extend the defined Designated Trout Waters on Pike Creek downstream to the bridge at Kirkwood Highway.
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    Delaware Trout Stamp Contest Rules

    The contest to select the design for the 2021 Delaware Trout Stamp is open November 1, 2019, through March 6, 2020.  All entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, March 6, 2020. Contest Rules, in Summary
    Each entry should be delivered
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    Delaware’s Trout Stamp Program

    Delaware’s Freshwater Trout Program is a self-supporting fishery supported, in part, by funds derived from the state’s trout stamp program. Anglers fishing for trout have been required to purchase a trout stamp since 1955. Today, fees paid by anglers for trout stamps provide the Division with an average of $35,000 annually to purchase trout from
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    Winning Trout Stamp Contest Entries

    The winning entries for the 2020 edition of the Delaware Trout Stamp Contest were chosen by a panel of judges at an event held on April 4, 2019 at the Dover Public Library.  The 2020 Trout Stamp will feature a painting of a rainbow trout by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana. Mr. Klinefelter received $250 for Best in Show
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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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    Outdoor Enthusiasts

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers information and programs for hunters, anglers, bird-watchers, campers, bikers, hikers, swimmers and people who like to lie on their backs in the grass and gaze up at the clouds. Choose Your Outdoor Adventure Alapocas Run State Park
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    Boating or Fishing Event Application

    A Boating/Fishing event permit from the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police is required for safety reasons when holding an event on the water.

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    Brandi Besecker Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 302.739.9913

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    Division of Parks & Recreation

     
    Choose Your Outdoor Adventure
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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.
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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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    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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    Topic: Outdoors and Recreation

    Delaware is rich in natural beauty. Its landscape ranges from the rolling hills of New Castle County, through the coastal marshes and river systems of Kent County, to the woodlands and beaches of Sussex County.
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