Quiet ponds. Rippling creeks. Expansive marshes. Sandy shores. If you want to go fishing in Delaware, there are amazing spots to go, with your selection of places from fresh to salty water. Go by boat, drive onto the beach with a surf fishing tag, or pull up a lawn chair to a bank. Here are some places to check out as the weather starts to warm up!
1. Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes
What we like best about Cape Henlopen is all of the ways you can drop a hook in the water. Even though the fishing pier is closed for repair right now, when it's open, it is a hot spot for fishing in the park. For now, you can still fish from the banks near the pier. Better yet, if you have a surf fishing tag, you can drive on the beach to try to catch dinner.
2. Brandywine Creek, Wilmington
Brandywine Creek is one of our favorites for fishing up state, from your standard rod and reel to fly fishing.
3. Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Inlet
Del Seashore or the Inlet, as the locals call it, have some of the best salt water fishing. Like Cape Henlopen, it offers fishing from the banks, beaches, by boat (there's a marina and ramp), or by driving on at certain places for surf fishing.
4. Beck's Pond, Bear
Becks Pond is a favorite among fishing spots in New Castle County. At less than 25 acres, it's actually one of the most heavily fished ponds in the state.
5. Woodland Beach, Smyrna
The pier at Woodland Beach stretches out into the Delaware Bay and is a great place to go if you want amazing views of wildlife while you wait for a bite on the line. There are also two boat ramps, one right into the bay and another into the marsh, if you want to motor to a good spot.
6. Moore's Lake, Dover
Moore's Lake is a popular fishing spot for residents of the state capital. Its 27 acres of fresh water is home to largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch and crappie.
7. Charters out of Lewes
Several charter boats operate out of the beaches area, from Lewes down to Fenwick Island. What we love about Lewes is that it's at the mouth of the Delaware Bay and charters either run north up further into the bay or out into the Atlantic.
8. Lums Pond State Park, Bear
As the largest pond in the state at nearly 190 acres, Lums Pond sees its fare share of fishermen (and women). It's a great upstate option if you want to bring the whole family to fish and then have a picnic lunch and hike around the seven-mile pond loop.
9. Bowers Beach
Bowers is one of our favorite, more traditional working waterfront communities. Here you can see families who still make most of their income off the water. Snag a spot on a charter or fish from the banks of either the Murderkill or St. Jones River which both empty into the bay at Bowers.
10. Ingram Pond, Millsboro
Ingrams Pond is another one of Delaware's small, popular fishing ponds. At just under 25 acres, it's a popular host for the annual Youth Fishing Tournament each year.
11. Derby Pond, Woodside
Just north of little Woodside is even smaller Derby Pond. The shallow waters are great for catching sunnies.
12. Silver Lake, Dover
On the northern edge of the state capital is the 182 acre Silver Lake Park. The largest part of the park is indeed Silver Lake itself, popular with anglers who fish from their small boats. On the downstream side of a spillway; bank fishing is popular.
What are you waiting for? Grab a fishing pole, some bait and your fishing license and get out there! Check out the
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s website for more information and helpful tips.