You will need to purchase a Delaware fishing license before you can start fishing for saltwater sport fish such as striped bass in Delaware Bay or for freshwater species like largemouth bass at Silver Lake in Dover. Once you have a fishing license, use these links to check the Delaware Bay fishing regulations or find fishing regulations for other areas in Delaware.

The fastest and easiest way to buy a Delaware fishing license is to purchase one online from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. If you prefer to buy a license in person, you can choose from a list of fishing license agents in your local area.

DE Fishing Rules and Regulations

Fish populations must be protected now and for generations of anglers to come. Each state has a unique set of fishing regulations that have been put into place to help conserve our fisheries. Always read a current set of fishing rules or regulations before each trip so that you understand fishing seasons, creel limits and size limits.

How You Can Contribute to Conservation

In order for state fisheries managers and biologists to create effective sport fish management plans, they need to collect as much data about fish populations as possible. Biologists may ask anglers to participate in surveys that include questions about the number of fish being caught or how the fish are being caught. You can contribute to conservation efforts by completing these surveys and providing information that will help with fish management plans.