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Photo Contest Information and Entry Form

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife holds annual fishing and hunting photography contests to help celebrate Delaware’s traditions of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation.
Winning photos are featured in the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Delaware Fishing Guide. They may appear as cover photos. Entries
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Freshwater Trout Fishing

Delaware’s freshwater trout program is a self-supporting put-and-take fishery in selected streams in northern New Castle County that are stocked with rainbow, brown and/or brook trout.
Basic Requirements No minimum size. Four fish per day in fly-fishing streams.
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Boating and Fishing Access Locations

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Angler Alert: Snakeheads

The Northern Snakehead (Channa argus), a fish native to China and Russia, has become a problem invasive species in several states, including Delaware. Anyone who catches a snakehead in Delaware is encouraged to kill it and notify the Division of Fish & Wildlife.
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Artificial Reef Program

Delaware has 14 permitted artificial reef sites in Delaware Bay and along the Atlantic Coast. Cleaned and stable construction materials, boats, and subway cars create new habitat. They support expanded recreational fishing and diving.
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Invasive Aquatic Species

Delaware, along with other states in the Mid-Atlantic Region, has been invaded by non-native aquatic species that pose a threat to native species, to ecological processes, and to the economy.
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Research & Monitoring

Biologists from the Division of Fish & Wildlife keep track of the state’s fish populations. They work on Delaware’s rivers, ponds, estuaries, the Delaware Bay, and coastal waters and study how different species are faring. What Fisheries Biologists Do Fisheries Biologist John Clark captured and tagged this
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Resources for Delaware Pond Owners

Many small “farm” ponds in Delaware provide important recreational opportunities. Children may catch their first bluegill from such a pond. Ponds provide aesthetic beauty, irrigation, fire safety in rural areas, and wildlife habitat.

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Fisheries Office 302.735.8650
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Gamefish and Freshwater Fishing Restrictions

Gamefish are found in either tidal or non-tidal freshwater in Delaware. Gamefish taken from Delaware waters cannot legally be sold, traded or bartered unless authorized by permit. The following restrictions apply to fishing for gamefish and in general for fishing in all non-tidal waters. For more information, or to report a violation, call 1-800-523-3336
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Largemouth Bass Tournaments

Largemouth Bass fishing tournaments are popular in Delaware’s public ponds and tidal rivers. Most events are held between April and November. Data collected during the tournaments is useful to biologists that manage bass populations.
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Aquatic Plants and Herbicides

The Division of Fish & Wildlife gets many questions about about aquatic plant problems in small ponds. White-waterlily (Nymphaea odorata) Aquatic plants provide habitat for fish and small pond creatures. According to biologists, plant cover between 20 and 40 percent is ideal for
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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to encourage and enhance participation in outdoor activities like hunting and shooting sports, fishing and boating, and non-harvest activities.

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Lynne Pusey Program Coordinator 302.422.1329
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Hunter Education Training Centers & Ranges

There are hunter education training centers in all three Delaware counties, and shooting ranges in Kent ad New Castle Counties.

Contact Us

Office of Hunter Education 6180 Hay Point Landing Road Smyrna, DE 19977 302.735.3600 (Ext. 1) HunterEducation@delaware.gov
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Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor Program

The Delaware Hunter Education Program needs you to help prepare the next generation and other newcomers to hunting or trapping for a safe and enjoyable hunting future.

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Robert Brennan Hunter Education Coordinator 302.735.3600
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Hunter Education Courses

The Hunter Education Program offers a variety of classes, both basic and advanced. Some hunter education classes are available in person and online.

Contact Us

Office of Hunter Education 6180 Hay Point Landing Road Smyrna, DE 19977 302.735.3600 (Ext.
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Hunter Education Course Calendar

The Hunter Education Program offers a variety of classes, both basic and advanced. Basic hunter education classes are available in person or online. Live classes run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Use the Hunter Education Online Access system to register for hunter education courses, print hunter education cards, and manage your profile.
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Delaware Master Hunter Program

The Delaware Master Hunter Program is not for beginners. Your hunting license was only the beginning. And you aren’t a beginner any more. In fact, you’ve been at this outdoors pursuit called hunting for a long time and have a wealth of experience to show for it.

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Hunter Education

The Delaware Hunter Education Program is committed to putting safe, ethical and educated hunters in the field. Since 1970, it has continued Delaware’s tradition of fair chase hunting by educating and developing responsible, involved, safe and knowledgeable hunters for the future of The First State.
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Shellfish Aquaculture

The Division of Fish & Wildlife makes acreage in the Inland Bays available for leases for shellfish aquaculture.

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Zina Hense Environmental Scientist 302.739.4782
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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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    Collectible Lapel Pins

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
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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
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    Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
  • Tournament Rules
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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
  • Tournament History
  • Tournament Youth Division
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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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    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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    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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    The Fisheries Section

    The Fisheries Section works to enhance and protect Delaware’s fish and aquatic resources in support of recreational and commercial fishing. It provides first-class fishing and boating access to Delaware’s many waterways. And it conducts fisheries research, resource monitoring, and collection of biological information on marine fisheries.
    Delaware’s spring 2020 downstate freshwater trout
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    Operation Game Theft

    The Operation Game Theft Fund was established by the Delaware General Assembly to assist in the apprehension and conviction of game law violators. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators. The Operation Game Theft Fund consists of all game law violation fines paid in
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    Natural Resources Police

    Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers protect wildlife and fisheries resources, promote boating education and safety, promote hunting and fishing, respond to boating emergencies and are a partner in Delaware’s Homeland Security maritime mission. The Natural Resources Police oversee boating safety education in Delaware and offer free annual Natural Resources Police Youth Academies for youth between
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    Boating Registration

    Delaware law requires the registration of all motorboats, including those powered by electric motors, if Delaware is its state of principal use. All motorboats launched from tidal access areas administered by the Division of Fish & Wildlife must be registered in Delaware or have a valid Tidal Access Boat Ramp Certificate. Register Your Boat
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    Delaware Boat License Agents

    There are authorized boat registration sales outlets in each county in Delaware. Most offer both boat registration and boat ramp certificates. A few only offer boat ramp certificates. New Castle County Eastern Marine(Boat registration & ramp certificates)931 S. Chapel St ExtNewark, DE 19713Phone
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    Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests

    Join the Division of Fish & Wildlife in celebrating Delaware’s fishing and hunting traditions by submitting your own fishing and hunting photographs for these annual contests. The contests are open to all Delaware residents of any age.

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    Jennifer Childears 302.739.9910
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    Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center

    The Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center is one of two state shooting ranges managed by the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife. It offers trap and skeet shooting, rifle and pistol shooting, archery, and more. ATTENTION: As of March 26, 2020, Ommelanden Range will remain open to the public via appointment only.
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    Delaware Open Space Program

    Parks, open space, natural areas, forests, wildlife habitat, greenways, and waterways are all part of Delaware’s environmental legacy – a legacy which is part of everyone’s quality of life. Delaware’s open spaces provide not only a haven for wildlife and native plants, but also a retreat and escape from the work-a-day world and an opportunity
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    About Conservation Easements

    A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to limit the type or amount of development on their property while retaining private ownership of the land.
    The easement is signed by the landowner and the state agency receiving the easement. The state agency accepts
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    Conservation Options for Landowners

    We all have that something special that connects us with our natural lands. For some, it is a favorite trail in a forest. For others, it is the beauty and wonder of a heron nesting in our wetlands. For many, it is the beauty of Delaware’s natural lands that reminds us of home. First
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    Protected Lands Maps

    The Delaware Open Space Program has helped protect tracts of land throughout the state. Below are links to PDF maps of these lands, organized by county and general area.
    Explore data about properties protected and/or acquired under the Delaware Open Space Program.
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    Delaware Open Space Council

    The Delaware Open Space Council was created in 1990, with the passage of the Delaware Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Chapter 75), to advise the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on all matters relating to the administration, implementation, and financing of the Open Space Program. [column md=”4″ xclass=”col-xs-12
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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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    DuPont Nature Center Events

    The DuPont Nature Center offers educational programs and events from April through September. They include field excursions, lectures and hands-on activities. The DuPont Nature Center is located at the end of Lighthouse Road, at the mouth of the Mispillion River, on the Delaware Bay. For more information, call 302.422.1329. [eme_calendar full=true
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    Education & Outreach

    The Division of Fish & Wildlife offers a variety of educational and outreach programs.

    Education Facilities

    DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Reserve DuPont Nature Center Events Aquatic Resource Education Center and Mallard Lodge Facility
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    Volunteer with DNREC

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups. There are many ways to make a difference, from large group events such as the annual beach grass planting to individual actions such as teaching a child to fish.
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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.
    Notice: The Division of Fish & Wildlife has revoked permits for boating or fishing tournaments involving
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