Anglers reminded harvest of a number of fish species unlawful

With spring fishing season ready to gear up, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded recreational anglers that it is unlawful in Delaware to harvest river herring. Signs giving notice of the fishery closure are posted at fishing spots known to hold river herring.

Fines for illegal possession of river herring begin at $50 for a first offense, and increase to $100 to $500 for a second offense. For more information, visit

Officials also noted that during spawning season for striped bass in Delaware, which begins April 1 and continues through midnight on May 31, it is unlawful for any person to take and retain any striped bass from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries, the Delaware River and its tributaries to the north of a line extending due east beginning at and including the south jetty at the mouth of the C&D Canal, or the C&D Canal or its tributaries.

All striped bass caught in those areas during spawning season must be released, with no harvest allowed. Anglers fishing those areas during the spawning season with natural bait must use a non-offset circle hook with a hook gap of greater than 3/8 inches.

Anglers were also reminded this week that using any type of net to catch fish in tidal water within 300 feet below a dam or spillway is illegal, with the exception of using a landing net on a fish caught with hook and line.

For more information on fishing in Delaware, see the 2019 Delaware Fishing Guide online at The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.