Fish for free! — No “license to catch” necessary. That’s what Delaware’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is offering, with Free Fishing Days June 9-10 in the state’s waters. Anglers both resident and non-resident alike can wet a hook in any freshwater lake, pond or stream over the weekend without having to buy a fishing license or trout stamp.
Free Fishing Days is Delaware’s contribution to, and in conjunction with, National Fishing Week, which runs through June 10. All state regulations pertaining to fish limits and minimum size are in effect and should be observed.
An array of freshwater species await the temptation to bite in Delaware—including large and smallmouth bass, panfish such as yellow perch and bluegills, catfish, chain pickerel and carp, and even rainbow trout that may have held over since the last spring stocking in May.
With exception of this weekend, anglers between the ages of 16 and 64 are required to purchase a fishing license and display it while fishing Delaware’s freshwater bodies. Anglers under age 16 and over 65 are not required to have a license.
Delaware resident fishing licenses cost $8.50 while non-residents pay $15 for an annual license. Licenses may be purchased at DNREC’s Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway in Dover, or at one of more than 100 licensing agents that are located in sporting goods, hardware and department stores throughout the state.
For helpful information, such as “where they’re biting,” check out these links: