THE STAFF OF BILL’S SPORT SHOP
18388 Coastal Highway
Lewes, De. 19958
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Our annual flea market will be held April 11 on our parking lot starting at 5 AM. One space is free. If you need more room, you can see Bill Sr or Bill Jr and rent another space. Most use their tail gates and bring a table.
As you are cleaning out your tackle boxes, put aside items you can no longer use.
As always, we will have a vender offering coffee and breakfast sandwiches, etc. at a reasonable price.
There will be plenty of help for those wanting to spool their newly purchased reels that day.
Visit Don Avondolio, President of the DE Fly Fishing Club, who will be in the empty store, for demonstrations on tying and fly fishing.
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces
spring 2015 trout stocking plans for downstate ponds
Trout anglers encouraged to check requirements before fishing
Opening of 2015 spring trout season postponed
in downstate ponds due to winter weather
WHAT: Opening day of 2015 downstate trout season postponed due to ice on ponds preventing stocking and fishing.
WHEN: Postponed to 7 a.m. Saturday, March 14
WHERE: Tidbury Pond south of Dover, and Newton Pond near Greenwood
INFORMATION: Contact Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, at 302-739-9902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOVER (March 5, 2015) – Due to the recent extreme cold and winter storms as forecast by the National Weather Service, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has postponed opening day of downstate trout season by one week, from 7 a.m. Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14 at Tidbury Pond near Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood. Both ponds will now remain closed to any fishing until March 14 in preparation for the new opening day. Trout stamp needed.
>> Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - UP DATE ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE CAPE HENLOPEN FISHING PIER - Cc: Schwartzkopf, Peter (LegHall); Bivens, Raymond E. (DNREC); Knotts, Esther (DNREC) Thank you for your interest in the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier. I oversee the section of State Parks that is tasked with the pier’s repair and ultimately, its replacement. We have engaged an engineering firm and are currently working through the plans and specifications for the repair of 125 piling on the pier. This should add a couple years of life to the pier while we make some final decisions as to the location and scope of its replacement. The design and permitting for the pier repair are scheduled to be completed by late spring, 2015. Construction would then commence in the late summer or early fall 2015 with an estimated completion date in the early winter of 2015/2016. The “jacketing” type repairs that we are proposing (and have done in the past) need a water temperature of at least 40 degrees and must be permitted by both the State and Corps of Engineers (which can take 6 to 9 months) so timing can be tricky.
>> It's that time of year where you should be checking over your gear! Take a Q-Tip and run it on the inside of your guides, if there is residue, replace that guide or it will cut your line! I soak my reels in a pot of boiling water to remove any salt or residue from your reels. Bring your reels in now to get the line replaced! Don't wait until the day you want to go fishing to get that done! We will even strip the old line off for you.
>> DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section reminds recreational crabbers to repair crab pots and replace or refresh required markings before putting crab pots in the water for the season. Recreational crab pots must be marked with the owner’s full name and permanent mailing address, either on the required white buoy or on a waterproof tag attached to the buoy. Crabbers also should check the condition of the required turtle by-catch reduction device, a rigid metal or plastic frame measuring 1.75 inches by 4.75 inches that is attached at the funnel entrance of all recreational crab pots to reduce the possibility of diamondback terrapins entering the pot and drowning. By-catch reduction devices are available at local tackle shops or may be handmade of heavy wire. Directions to make or install a by-catch reduction device are available online at Turtle Excluder.
>> Synopsis of the Public Comment meeting at the DNREC Auditorium regarding Striped Bass Harvest for 2015.
The meeting started promptly at 6:00 pm, with approximately 20 people in attendance, with comments made by Lisa Vest that this was for Public Comment only, and the public comment period would remain open for 15 days. Email comments are being accepted at Lisa.Vest@State.de.us.
The meeting was then turned over to Stew Michels, who entered 16 exhibits into the official meeting records.
John Clark then took over the meeting with a recap of the ASMFC findings. He stressed several points:
- The stock is not being over-fished, nor has it been over-fished.
- The main issue lies with the decline in the breeder stock. If we maintain the status quo, we will see a slight increase in both the breeder and overall stock.
- The result of the ASMFC meeting last fall resulted in the "B" option, which is a 25% reduction over a 1 year period for BOTH the recreational AND commercial fisheries.
The Floor was then opened for public comment, with just 1 question and 2 comments made. The question was concerning the consumption advisory of 1 fish vs. the creel limit of 2 fish, and both comments were in favor of option B7 (1 fish 28 to 34 inches AND 1 fish greater than 36 inches.) The meeting was then adjourned at approximately 6:30 pm.
Monthly Guppy Club programs for preschoolers at
Cape Henlopen State Park
LEWES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Children 3 to 5 years old are invited to Cape Henlopen State Park to take part in the Guppy Club program, where they can discover secrets of nature through activities, games, crafts and outdoor adventures. The Guppy Club meets once a month and features various topics. The Guppy Club meets at the park’s Seaside Nature Center and costs $3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult and dressed for the outdoors. Space is limited and registration is required. Park entrance fees are in effect. Information and registration are available by calling 302-645-6852.
The Seaside Nature Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More information about programs offered at Cape Henlopen State Park - and all of Delaware state parks - can be found at destateparks.com.
>> Sea Bass season: May 19 to Sept. 18 and Oct 18 to Dec 31 15 fish at 12 1/2 inches or greater
>> Tog Season:
Jan 1st to Mar 31st: 5 fish 15 inches or greater
April 1st to May 11th: 3 Fish 15 inches or greater
May 12th through July 16th: CLOSED
July 16th to August 31st: 5 fish 15 inches or greater
Sept 1st through Sept. 28th: CLOSED
Sept. 29th to Dec 31st: 5 fish 15 inches or greater
>> Winter Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9 to 5, Sun. 9 to 3