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Division of Fish & Wildlife Youth Fishing Programs
Bring your family out for a great day at the water's edge!

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 Small Fry Adventures are about to start!
Small Fry Adventures is a program geared towards youngsters age 4 to 7 who would like to learn about fish and other critters that live in a tidal salt marsh.  Kids will have a chance to view marine life in the aquariums at the Aquatic Resources Education Center and make a simple craft with an aquatic theme. 

Small Fry Adventures program dates are:

  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Tuesday, July 30
  • Tuesday, Aug. 13

All three programs are scheduled to run from 10 - 11:30 the Aquatic Resources Education Center, 2520 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna, DE  19977.

These programs are free, but pre-registration is required.  To pre-register for Small Fry Adventures, or for more information, please send an email to


Adult fishing events
Anglers age 18 and older are invited to participate in two relaxing evenings of fishing at the Aquatic Resources Education Center's fishing ponds.  Center staff will be on hand to help participants who are new to fishing.

Adult fishing event dates are:

  • Friday, July 26
  • Thursday, August 1

Both events are scheduled to run from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Aquatic Resources Education Center, 2520 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna, DE  19977

Interested participants can register for the adult fishing outings by emailing  While participation is free, all adult anglers must have either a current Delaware fishing license or, if they are license exempt, a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number.


Take a Kid Fishing! Program

Delaware is a great state for youth fishing!  We have many places to fish, and the Division of Fish & Wildlife offers free fishing lessons for children and young teens by way of the Take A Kid Fishing! program, sponsored by DNREC’s Aquatic Resources Education Center. Take A Kid Fishing! events are geared toward children ages 6 through 15, and take place at ponds throughout the state. Participants learn fundamental fishing skills and conservation. All equipment is provided, plus there are activity stations, prizes and time to practice new fishing skills. 

For more information, please email Mary Rivera

The registration period for 2019 Take A Kid Fishing! events is overPlease check back in 2020!

Interested in becoming a youth fishing program volunteer?
We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our youth angling programs.  The activities are fun and easy - you do not have to have any special knowledge of fishing in order to volunteer. We have some volunteers who are avid anglers and others who prefer to help kids with activities such as knot-tying or fish printing. There is something for everyone who would like to get outdoors and join other volunteers in a great program for kids!  To volunteer, please contact Mary Rivera at 

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