Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
2014 Delaware Fishing Guide is now available statewide and online
DOVER (Jan. 31, 2014) – The Division of Fish and Wildlife’s new 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide has arrived with a colorful splash and is being distributed to fishing license dealers throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait & tackle and hardware stores. Anglers also can pick up a copy of the guide, along with their fishing license and trout stamp, at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s main office in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and can check it out online too – by visiting 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide.
Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find information on Delaware’s fishing license requirements and the F.I.N. number program, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sportfishing, fishing regulations, and general angling information. Other topics include highlighting new regulations and initiatives, trout stocking, fish consumption advisories, invasive species and Delaware’s artificial reef program.
New for this year are modifications to black sea bass and black drum regulations, and regulations that authorize bowfishing for invasive species in tidal waters. In addition, the Division of Fish and Wildlife now offers online tag reporting for largemouth bass taken in the Nanticoke River, Broad Creek and Broadkill River.
“We are pleased to issue the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide in January to better serve the fishing public,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This is the second year of the larger guide format that offers more information at a significantly lower printing cost than previous guides.”
This year’s guide also features the winning photos from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2013 Fishing Photo Contest. Open to Delaware photographers, the contest focused on photos of anglers that fit this year’s theme, “Conservationists Enjoying the Outdoors.” This year’s first-place photo, “Emily’s First Bass,” taken by 15-year-old Christopher Halsey of Dover and featuring his sister, 11-year-old Emily Halsey with her uncle, Jason Gary, appears on the cover. Other winning photos are also found inside the guide.
“This handy guide provides a user-friendly summary of fishing opportunities in Delaware, from freshwater ponds and rivers to the Delaware Bay and ocean,” said Fisheries Administrator John Clark. “Every angler should pick one up to add to their fishing gear.”
For more information on the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide or on fishing in the First State, please call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. For freshwater information, anglers also may call the section’s Smyrna field office at 302-735-8650, or for saltwater information, the Little Creek field office at 302-735-2960.
Vol. 44, No. 27