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Delaware Fishing Report
When, Where, What and How They're Biting


By Eric Burnley Sr.*

Updated: Dec. 14, 2017

2017 Delaware Fishing GuideDELAWARE BAY Rockfish have been hard to come by for those fishing the bay. I have not heard of a single keeper all week, but then the weather has not been very good. Even on days when fishing was possible, catching was very poor.

The same is true with tog. The few boats that fished the Inner and Outer walls had a difficult time finding keepers.

The tidal rivers and creeks did provide a few white perch and short rock on bloodworms.

  • ADVISORY: Summer Flounder Regulations: As of April 1, the minimum size for summer flounder in Delaware is 17 inches. The bag limit remains at four fish per day and the season runs for 365 days.

INSHORE OCEAN Delaware boats are running to New Jersey to find stripers. Some have gone as far as Herford Inlet while others had success fishing off of Cape May. The brief run we had a week ago has faded out.

Boats fishing out of Ocean City in the Ocean City Marlin Club Striper Tournament have had some success. Why there are fish out of Ocean City and Cape May, but none out of Indian River or Lewes, remains a mystery to me.

Tog fishing has been decent when boats can get out of the inlets. Most are caught over ocean structure.

OFFSHORE OCEAN No offshore reports this week.

INDIAN RIVER INLET The latest cold snap pretty much shut down fishing here. If we get an extended warm spell, tog could be caught as well as rockfish.

SURF FISHING Spiny dogs once again lead the reports from the beach. Two friends of mine landed nine of these fish on cut bunker.

FRESHWATER There were white caps on Red Mill Pond so I suspect very little action has taken place on the other ponds. It has been so cold that fishing wouldn’t be much fun even in sheltered areas.

DONT GIVE UP While my boat has been put to sleep for the winter, I still plan on getting in a few days of fishing before spring. Tog will be available out of Delaware and Ocean City, Md., where both head and charter boats will be running.

Head boats out of New Jersey will run for cod on a somewhat regular basis. If you are interested in doing this you can Google New Jersey head boats for all the information.

Then we will have some fish holding out in the local spillways. Fishing here can be fun when the weather gods give us few mild days.

 *Eric Burnley Sr. is a native Delawarean who has fished the waters of his home state for more than 60 years. He has been a full-time outdoor writer since 1978, with articles appearing in most national magazines as well as many regional publications. He has authored three books, Surf Fishing The Atlantic Coast, The Ultimate Guide To Catching Striped Bass and Fishing Saltwater Baits.

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