By Cathy Martin, Fisheries biologist
"Delaware’s Public Ponds" booklet was originally published in 1976 to familiarize freshwater anglers with the numerous public ponds available throughout this small state. That intent continues today, through four reissuings of the guide that have featured continuous updating, including this online version (see adjacent links to ponds in each Delaware county).
Delaware’s public ponds are monitored on a cyclical schedule with about six ponds sampled each year. The latest samplings are posted in this guide as they become available. This should make the information more timely and of greater use to anglers. Fish-catch data are listed in the fish survey tables. Catches are provided as number of fish by species per hour of electrofishing. Average catch rates for ponds within the county are shown below for comparison. The column on the right featuring Delaware ponds lists the most recent year each pond was sampled.