Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife makes
“colorful” annual fall trout stocking in White Clay Creek
WHITE CLAY CREEK (Oct. 15, 2015) – The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Fisheries Section announced today that White Clay Creek has received its annual fall stocking of trout, a DNREC ritual since 2007.
Fisheries staff stocked about 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout – plus golden trout “for a little spectacular fall color,” the trout hatchery noted – throughout White Clay Creek at all normal stocking locations from near the border with Pennsylvania downstream to Newark. Volunteers used float boxes to carry about 1,500 fish averaging about one pound each from stocking truck access points along White Clay Creek, which offers the most public access of any of Delaware’s trout streams.
“The fish looked great! Most were between 12 and 14 inches, and they were all healthy, just a premium stocking of fish,” said Fisheries scientist Mark Zimmerman, who heads up Fish & Wildlife’s trout stocking efforts.
Fisheries Administrator John Clark noted that fall stocking is handled with less fanfare than the spring stocking to give anglers a different atmosphere for a mellower sporting season.
“We try to avoid the crowds and hype that often overshadow the spring opener on the first Saturday in April,” Clark said, noting that the stocking schedule is included in the annual Fishing Guide and online but the exact date of the fall delivery is not publicized in advance. “Anglers appear to appreciate this approach, especially when they go to one of their favorite locations, find fish swimming around and have the stream mostly to themselves.”
“It’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy some peace and quiet and catch some nice fish,” Clark said. “And, since rainbow trout are a cold water species, fish stocked in the fall should provide action throughout the winter.”
The daily possession limit is six trout per person. In or within 50 feet of the designated fly-fishing-only section, the daily possession limit is four trout.
Delaware’s trout stocking is conducted under the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Trout anglers support the program directly through the purchase of the required trout stamp along with the regular resident or non-resident fishing license. All proceeds from the purchase of Delaware Trout Stamps go directly towards the purchase of trout from hatcheries.
For most anglers wishing to try their luck at trout fishing, a Delaware fishing license is required. A resident annual Delaware recreational fishing license, which covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses or trout stamps, although exempt persons may do so if they so choose to help support fisheries management and trout stocking efforts. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20.
Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.
In addition to Delaware’s normal fishing license requirements, most trout anglers must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp, with the exception of anglers younger than age 12 and resident anglers age 65 and over. Non-exempt anglers must possess a trout stamp to fish in designated trout streams to include White Clay Creek from Oct. 3 through Nov. 30. For residents age 16 through 64, a trout stamp costs $4.20. For residents age 12 through 15, a youth trout stamp costs $2.10. For non-residents, a trout stamp is required for all anglers age 12 and older and costs $6.20.
Delaware 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, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on fishing in Delaware, please see the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.
Vol. 45, No. 349