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In Delaware, bass and trout are the primary pursuits of freshwater fly anglers. But, with the east side of the First State sitting snug to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, saltwater species like striped bass and bluefish keep anglers entertained all year long.

The bulk of Delaware?s trout fishing is in the northern stretch of the state, where several streams are managed as designated trout fishing waters with annual stocking. Near the Pennsylvania and Maryland borders, White Clay Creek is perhaps the most popular trout stream in Delaware, with some of the best fishing located within beautiful and scenic White Clay Creek State Park, which includes a dedicated fly fishing only section. Given Delaware?s small size, many other trout streams including Christina Creek, Mill Creek, and Pike Creek, among others, are all located within close proximity to each other. In the summer when water temperatures get too high to support good trout fishing, inland anglers shift their focus to largemouth bass and other warmwater species like bluegill and crappie in the Nanticoke River system and the many lakes throughout the state. Then there?s the saltwater fishing along the coast, where anglers cast 8 or 9 weight rods from the beaches and jetties hoping to catch big striped bass, bluefish, and black rock bass.

There are fish to be caught year-round in Delaware, as long as you?re willing to chase different species as the seasons change. In the Spring, the state?s trout streams are stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout, and while many fly anglers practice catch and release, the stocked fish are intended to be kept because as summer approaches, water temperatures rise to unsustainable levels for the trout. Bass fishing can be productive throughout the year, as can the saltwater fishing, so long as you fish under the right conditions.

DE Department of Fish & Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
P: 302-739-9910

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