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Delaware’s invasive finfish regulations and harvest opportunities

DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers
of invasive finfish regulations and harvest opportunities

Regulations designate a number of species as invasive,
including snakeheads, and authorize bowfishing


DOVER (May 23, 2014) – DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers and sporting enthusiasts that several species of finfish in Delaware are now designated as invasive, with use of bowfishing equipment authorized for taking them in the state’s tidal and non-tidal waters under regulations adopted last year. These regulations expand fishing opportunities for anglers while also enabling them to help DNREC control invasive fish species, including snakeheads, that have recently shown up in Delaware tidal waters. Anglers also should be aware that there is no closed season, nor size or creel limits for invasive finfish, among which are listed three separate species of catfish.

In tidal waters, snakeheads, along with blue catfish, flathead catfish, walking catfish and grass carp, are designated as invasive finfish. Snakeheads have been found in tidal waters including Sussex County’s Nanticoke River and its tributaries Broad Creek and Deep Creek, as well as New Castle County’s Nonesuch Creek. Grass carp also have been documented in the Nanticoke River and its tributaries. Flathead catfish have been caught in the Brandywine River and the C&D Canal. For more information about invasive aquatic species in Delaware, and where you might encounter (and help remove) them, please visit the Fish & Wildlife website.

“Snakeheads and other non-native invasive fish species have the potential to cause ecological harm and damage native fish populations, and anglers who catch them should never release them back into the water,” Freshwater Fisheries Program Manager Michael Stangl said. “Bowfishing is an effective harvesting technique that may help reduce invasive fish numbers and slow or prevent their spread.” A similar regulation allows bowfishing for snakehead and other designated invasive fish in non-tidal waters, he added.

In tidal waters, invasive fish species, including snakehead, may be legally harvested with a bow and arrow, unless otherwise prohibited by area rules or local ordinance. In non-tidal waters, bowfishing is allowed for snakeheads and grass carp. Common carp can continue to be taken by bowfishing. Anglers and anyone wanting to help curtail invasive species in Delaware should note that bowfishing is not presently authorized in Delaware State Parks and New Castle County Parks.

“Anglers are our conservation partners, and we encourage them to join us in helping to control invasive fish species such as the snakehead, which can harm the fisheries we are working to conserve,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “As an added attraction, our invasive finfish regulations also give anglers the new option of expanding their fishing methods to include the exciting sport of bowfishing.”

The snakehead is similar in appearance to the bowfin, a non-invasive species native to Delaware waters. Anglers are encouraged to view the differences between the two species at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Documents/C_argus.pdf. Bowfin have been caught by anglers in Becks Pond, Nonesuch Creek and Dragon Run.

Anglers who catch a snakehead or other invasive species in tidal or non-tidal waters should dispatch the fish rather than returning it to the water, document the catch either by freezing it or taking a clear photo, and then contact the Division at 302-735-8652 to report the catch.

For more information on Delaware Fisheries regulations, licensing, or invasive fish species, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries or call the Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914. To view the revised regulations, click Fisheries Regulations.

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DSF Star Angler Discount cards are now available


These are the participating businesses throughout Delaware offering discounts to our Star Angler Discount Club card holders.  These offers may change from time to time.  We will keep you updated, but check back to see what is happening near you.  We are adding more discounts daily from new  businesses.  Many vendors will also have the DSF Star Angler Discount Card for sale at their locations, which are listed at the bottom of the page.  You must present your card in order to receive these discounts, and all cards are numbered.


A-Lure Bait & Tackle, LLC … 302-200-0469  … Long Neck DE, Palmer Shopping Center …  32369 Long Neck RD suite 15 Long Neck, Delaware 19966 …..  We are a full blown bait and tackle shop. We offer live bait, frozen bait, crabbing supplies and clamming supplies.     10% Discount for DSF card holders

Icehouse Bait and Tackle … 302 645 0600 …   110 New Rd, Lewes, Delaware 19958 … We are a full line bait and tackle shop.  Live bait, frozen bait, crabbing and clamming supplies.    10% Discount for DSF card holders



Russell’s Fishing … 302 363 0356 ….193 Davidson St , Bowers Beach DE, 19946 …  call Captain Dave to book a trip on the Miss Shyanne out of Bowers Beach, DE.

$5 off a regular head boat ticket for DSF card holders



Sharky’s Grill     1508 highway 1    Dewey Beach. DE   302.226.3116    

$2 off any breakfast burrito …  $1 large coffee to go … $5 cheeseburger for DSF card holders


Port Dewey Beach     1205 Highway one Dewey Beach, DE  302.227.0669

Free spring roll with purchase of entree … 1 per table … for DSF card holders


Delaware Distilling Company  18693 Hwy One · Rehoboth Beach, DE  302.645.8273       

10% off entire check for DSF card holders

Whoa Daddys … (302) 549-1536 …  34814 Long Neck Rd Unit 5, Millsboro, Delaware 19966 … Pizza, subs and a whole lot more. We Deliver All Of Long Neck And A Little Beyond!!!

$2 Off $25 Purchase … $20 – 2 Lg Cheese Pizza w/ 2 Liter ( Pepsi Products ) …. $24 – 2 Lg 1 Topping Pizza w/ 2 Liter ( Pepsi Products ) 



Adkins Produce …. 302 945-9700 … 32008 Long Neck rd. Millsboro, Delaware 19966 … Fresh local produce, seasonal flowers, plants for your garden, homemade sausages and scrapple, specialty items, and much more.  DSF apparel also available on location …

10% off any purchase for DSF card holders


Adel’s Sticky Buns … Savory, Succulent, Sinfully Delicious! … contact them on the website or email adel@adelsstickybuns.com

20% off any purchase for DSF card holders



Rehoboth Car Wash … 302 227-6177 …. 19898 Hebron Rd, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 …. Rehoboth Beach’s only soft-cloth, hand-finish car wash … Open M-F 8a-5p, S&S 8a-4p

$3 off any hand wash service for DSF card holders


Black Pearl Designated Driver Services  Fenwick Island, DE ….  302.569.2273   

10% off Limo service under 3 hours …. 20% off Limo service over 4 hours for DSF card holders


Fireplace Specialties … 302-436-9250 … 38205 Dupont Blvd, Selbyville, DE 19975 ….

20 % off Chimney Sweep service  for DSF card holders


FPS Driveway Sealing ….  302-569-2273 …..  20 cents a square foot HANDBRUSHED! Don’t pay to spray!

20% off standard price for DSF card holders

Keep up with the page as we will be adding more to the list, and specials may change from time to time.  The following locations will have the Star Angler Discount card for sale …

A-Lure Bait and Tackle …302-200-0469   … 32369 Long Neck RD, Millsboro DE

Adkins Produce … 302 945-9700 … 32008 Long Neck rd.  Millsboro DE

IceHouse Bait and Tackle … 302 645 0600 …   110 New Rd, Lewes, Delaware

Whoa Daddys … 302 549-1536 …  34814 Long Neck Rd Unit 5, Millsboro, Delaware

If your business is interested in participating in this program, please contact us at admin@delaware-surf-fishing.com … small businesses helping small businesses … Thank You

Fish On!!

Rich King

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Spring and Summer fishing collide

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Today’s storm at the Indian River Inlet … picture by BM2 Daughtery from the Indian River Coast Guard Station

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by today’s tornado in Kent County, they were hit by a viscous storm and tornado this afternoon.  A lot of rain and hail dumped on us very fast in Sussex county and it was surreal to see some of the pictures people were posting of the storm.  Between the bees up north that were dumped on a highway from an accident and today’s storm I am wondering what is in store for us in June.  Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the summer season is here, please take care driving and slow it down, you are on vacation there is no need to rush around.  Be safe out there and have a great weekend.


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Atlantic croaker caught at Port Mahon by David Okonewski

Fishing the past several days has been great in some spots and not so hot in others, and by that I mean if you like catching skates and dogfish while dolphins are chasing bunker in front of you then it is great everywhere.  There have been striped bass keepers mostly on the southern beaches of Fenwick Island and Delaware Seashore state park.  Bunker chunks and bloodworms have been the best baits.  Blue fish are still showing on all of the beaches and some large ones in the five to six pound range have been landed.  Otherwise they are averaging around twenty four inches.  The Henlopen pier and Indian River inlet have had nice catches, but the inlet has produced more with larger schools on the incoming tides.   Shad have made a decent appearance, and when the birds are working the water the fish are there.  Flounder have been heavy at the Roosevelt inlet, Canary creek, Inland Bays and a few at the Indian River Inlet.  Pink or chartreuse gulp have been the best baits but the traditional minnow has been producing a little better as of late.  Puffer fish are still in the surf and fishbites bloodworms are the best baits, but squid will also work well.  Sea Bass opened the other day and the charter boats out of Lewes have done well and even caught a few cod.  The boats have been hitting the deeper wrecks for more catches.

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Photo by … Carra Harrison Breen ….
Wayne Harrison 33 inch Blue — at South Bethany Drive On Beach

The Baltimore canyon saw some decent bluefin tuna catches over the past few days, and yellow fin.  The waters are coming alive with a variety of fish, spot as you know are here early this year.  Croaker are in the Delaware bay and as far up as Woodland Beach.  Dave Okonewski was at Port Mahon the other day catching very large croakers at the pier.   We have spring and summer fish here at the same time and it has made for some exciting variety of catches.  Shorty striped bass are in the surf and all over the place.  Weakfish have been the heaviest along the Delaware Bay beaches and Roosevelt Inlet in the six pound range.  Pink Zoom on a one ounce jig head has been a great bait for them or pink gulp.   The big black drum are still heavy in the coral beds and have moved farther north in the surf to slaughter beach and Bowers beach area.  A few are still showing up in the surf of the lower beaches and fresh surf clam is the best bait.  Horseshoe crabs have set up shop on the Northern Delaware bay beaches especially Pickering Beach and are spawning.  If you happen to hook one of them please carefully remove the hook and do not pick them up by the tail.  If you see any on the beaches please place them in the surf or just turn them over they will make their way back to the water.

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Photo by the DE Osprey Nest Project …

The other evening I went fishing with Corby Fulton and we watched a lot of dolphins chasing what turned out to be bunker.   It looked like a show from sea world, they were jumping out of the water busting up baitfish.  The osprey were feeding and a lot of other birds.  We kept hitting skates and dogfish like no tomorrow.   It was still a great evening on the beach, listening to the horn from the light house.  The beach was empty as far as you could see, that is the beauty of going out there on a weeknight.  There are very few people on the beaches during the week, except near holidays and closer to the end of the summer season.  Even on the weekends there are less people on the beach in the early morning and evenings, and those are the best times to catch fish.  Hopefully the variety of catches will last a little longer until we are into the summer’s obligatory fish in the surf and bays.

Check out the DE Nest Osprey Project on Utube.  The nest has been very active the past couple of weeks.  Mac and Kent Davis have done a great job documenting this nesting platform and its visitors whom they hope to become permanent residents.  Their Facebook page DE Nest Osprey Project is a great way to see updates.  We will also keep you up to date on this site.


Fish On!!

Rich King

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