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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
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    Live Release Entry Form

    Sport Fishing Tournament Menu
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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
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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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    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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    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.
    Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center 1205 River RoadNew Castle DE 19720302.382.1074

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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.

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    Brandi Besecker Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police 302.739.9913

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    Boating Safety Volunteers

    The Office of Boating Safety and Education promotes and supports the public’s effort to become better informed about boating safety. With the help of volunteers, the Office has successfully certified thousands of students. Each year the demand to educate the boating public grows; the Office constantly is searching for new boating volunteers. Qualified volunteers
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    Boating Safety for Kids

    The Office of Boating Safety and Education takes great pride in educating Delaware’s youth on boating safety. They offer several programs to get children interested in and learning about boating safety. It’s important to start early so that each youngster is the best and the most knowledgeable boater he or she is capable of becoming.
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    Boating Safety Course Schedule

    The Office of Boating Safety and Education and its partners offer a Basic Boating Safety Course that meets the Delaware requirement for mandatory boating education. Courses are offered by different partners. Some are one day courses, others are offered over several days. The full course must be completed to earn certification. For more information,
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    Boating Safety

    The Office of Boating Safety and Education’s mission is to develop individual awareness, skills, commitment to safe responsible behavior, and constructive actions in safe boating. The goal for students is to be aware of state laws regarding safety violations and how to prevent them from happening while still enjoying Delaware’s waterways.
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    Boating

    Delaware’s ocean and bay waters, rivers, lakes and ponds offer opportunities for boating.
    Boating Safety The Office of Boating Safety and Education helps develop individual awareness, skills, commitment to safe responsible behavior, and constructive actions in safe boating. The goal for
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    Division of Parks & Recreation

     
    Choose Your Outdoor Adventure
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    Environmental Career Opportunities for Youth

    A number of our Delaware Children in Nature Coalition Partners offer career programs that connect youth to outdoor jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences. Check out the listings below for more information.
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    Earth Day 2019

    Earth Day 2019 is Monday, April 22. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers a variety of activities and events around Earth Day. Earth Day began in April of 1970, when Americans gathered together to raise awareness of pollution and the effects of pollution. Since then, Earth
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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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    Green Schools

    The Green Ribbon Schools recognition award from the US Department of Education honors schools and school districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.
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    Prescription for Health

    Getting outside and playing is one of the best things that kids can do to stay healthy and happy. Doctor Outdoors says get out and play for at least 30 minutes a day.
    Outdoor Bill of Rights
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    Get Involved

    Get outside and enjoy nature. Volunteer for Children in Nature Events. Follow the Coalition on Facebook or twitter. social media. Join our e-mail newsletter and stay in touch.
    Outdoor Bill of Rights Environmental Literacy Plan
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    Children in Nature Coalition Goals

    The Delaware Children in Nature Coalition has set an ambitious list of goals for the next few years.
    Outdoor Bill of Rights Environmental Literacy Plan Prescription for Health

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    Coalition Partners

    The Delaware Children in Nature Coalition is a partnership among state agencies, educational leaders, schools, non-profits and outdoor enthusiasts from around the state.
    Outdoor Bill of Rights Environmental Literacy Plan
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    The Delaware Children in Nature Coalition

    The Delaware Children in Nature Coalition was established to encourage environmental literacy, increase opportunities for children to participate in outdoor experiences, promote healthy lifestyles, and support better access to green space.
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    Outdoor Bill of Rights

    Outdoor activity can nourish a child’s physical, social, and emotional development, while connecting them to the resources available in their backyard. Encounters with and growing knowledge of the natural world enhances academic performance and helps prepare our children for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
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    Children in Nature

    Delaware Children in Nature promotes getting children and families to spend more time outdoors. Ample data exist to document that when kids spend more time outdoors, they become healthier, less stressed, more connected to nature, and better stewards of the environment. As a coalition of like-minded partners the Delaware
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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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