To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, June 3-11, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Fish & Wildlife announced the public can fish, crab and clam in any Delaware waters by offering free fishing days June 3-4.
On these two days, anyone, out-of-staters included, may fish the state’s waters without a fishing license.
Anglers are reminded that even though they don’t need a license to fish on June 3 or 4, they are required to obtain a free Fisherman Identification Network number. A FIN number can be obtained at delaware-fin.com or by calling 800-432-9228. Anglers also are required to comply with Delaware’s fishing regulations, including size and daily catch limits.
National Fishing and Boating Week festivities will include the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s 31st annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3. The tournament will take place at a pond in each county: Ingrams Pond near Millsboro, Akridge Scout Reservation near Camden and the dog training area at Lums Pond State Park near Bear. Participants are encouraged to arrive before 10 a.m. to register for the tournament.
With the exception of Delaware’s annual free fishing weekend, resident and nonresident anglers from the ages of 16 through 64 who fish, crab or clam in any Delaware waters — including ponds, impoundments, streams, rivers, bays and ocean — are required to purchase a fishing license. Delaware residents 65 or older and residents and nonresidents younger than 16 are not required to purchase a license, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they so choose to help support fisheries management. Licenses are required for nonresidents ages 65 and older.
Delaware fishing licenses cost $8.50 for residents, while nonresidents pay $20 a year or $12.50 for a seven-day license. Fishing licenses are sold online; at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover; and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, call 739-9918.
For information, visit eregulations.com/delaware/fishing. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk and from license agents throughout the state.