Get a Delaware Fishing License

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.

Get a Delaware Fishing License

DELAWARE FISHING LAWS 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.

IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION
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.

DELAWARE FISHING LICENSE INFORMATION

  • 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. A Delaware fishing license is not required for persons under the age of 16.
  • A fishing license is now required to fish in both tidal and non-tidal waters in Delaware. Non-tidal waters include lakes, ponds, impoundments and streams