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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 3/26/15


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. Most use their tail gates and bring a table.

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.

Also on hand will be various reps to demonstrate their products.

>> On April 25th, Bill's Sport Shop will be holding a "Surf Fishing 101" Seminar. This will be held by C.J. Jarrell of Striper King Gear and Deep Blue Mayhem. It will be from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the cost will be $15.00 each, with kids under 16 free and will include coffee and donuts! Call in advance to reserve your spot. Payment is due on the day of the class.


>> We have bloodworms, nightcrawlers and minnows now in stock!

>> DOVER (March 19, 2015) – Delaware’s spring 2015 upstate trout season will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Portions of six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County – White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek – will be stocked and ready with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish. The designated trout streams are closed to all fishing two weeks prior to opening day, with the closure starting Saturday, March 21. Following opening day (April 4), trout stocking will continue weekly through Thursday, April 30.

>> Effective 1-1-15, the recreational bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limit is the default limit of 1 BFT measuring 27-<73” per vessel. This recreational daily limit applies for both HMS Angling-permitted vessels and HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessels, and is effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico, where directed BFT fishing is prohibited. The recreational BFT trophy fishery (73"+) is open for the Gulf of Mexico (incidental only), and the areas north and south of Great Egg Inlet, N.J. with a limit of 1 BFT measuring 73" or greater/vessel/year. The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27" curved fork length. There are no recreational daily retention limits for bigeye, skipjack or albacore tuna.

>> 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


>> Another in a series from DNREC: Are you AWARE?

With spring arriving, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section will be increasing patrols and more closely monitoring state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas for visitor safety and compliance, as well as checking for illegal activity such as vandalism, littering, dumping and damaging wildlife habitat.

“The public is encouraged to enjoy our wildlife, fishing and boating access areas and the unique outdoor experiences they offer,” said Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement. “However, as stewards of this land for Delaware, we cannot allow the few people who do not respect our conservation mission to ruin things for the many who do. And those caught abusing our natural resources through illegal activities will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Enforcement reminds all anglers, hunters, boaters and other visitors that the following rules apply to all state wildlife areas, fishing piers, public boat launching facilities and multi-use areas:

• All areas are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise unless actively engaged in fishing or hunting in accordance with state regulations and individual wildlife area rules.

• It is illegal to operate motor vehicles – including motorcycles, cars, trucks and SUVs – off established roadways in state wildlife areas. Such activity damages essential wildlife habitat, as well as generating unnecessary work and expense to repair the damage. The ground is especially vulnerable with the recent temperature extremes causing frequent thawing and refreezing.

• Use of ATVs and all unlicensed motor vehicles are prohibited in wildlife areas, both on- and off-road.

• All areas have a carry-in, carry-out trash policy. “Littering can be a problem, especially in many fishing areas, so please leave no trace behind and take your trash with you,” Cpl. McDerby added.


>> Md. DNR: Changes to Striped Bass Recreational Size Limits

CHESAPEAKE BAY, Md. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced a change in the recreational size limits for catching striped bass.

The DNR says that from April 18, 2015 to May 15, 2015, a person may only take one striped bass between 28 and 36” or one larger than 40”.

>From May 16, 2015 to Dec. 15, 2015, a person can only take two striped bass larger than 20”, only one of which can be larger than 28”.The modifications take effect Monday, 3-23-15

>> If you fish in N.J. Waters, make sure you are legal!

The bill that will change the size limit on striped bass in New Jersey to one fish between 28 and 43” and another fish of 43” and above passed the Senate on Monday and now heads to Gov. Christie for signing. The bill passed in the Assembly in February.

The new legislation replaces the old limits of two fish at 28”. If the Gov. fails to sign the legislation within 45 days it automatically becomes law, although there have been no indications that the bill won't be signed. Until the bill takes effect, 2014 regulations apply.

If you fish in New Jersey Waters, you will need a Saltwater Registry number:



NOTE: Anglers with a valid registration with the National Saltwater Angler Registry or have a valid license from another exempted state are required to register (for free) with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. Registration with NJ will exempt you from having to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry.

Individual saltwater anglers ages 16 and older MUST register if ANY of the following criteria are met:

Recreationally fish with a hand line or rod and line, spearfish or fish by hand

Recreationally fish in the marine and fresh tidal waters of the State of New Jersey

Recreationally fish in marine waters outside the State of New Jersey but land the catch in New Jersey

Individual saltwater anglers are EXEMPT from registering if either of the following apply:

Under the age of 16 Solely fish on for-hire (party and charter) vessels that are registered with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program.

>> Old Inlet informs us that construction at the campsites is the DSSP has been completed. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is Fri., March 27. The campsite will be open by April 15!

>> Winter Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 9 to 5, Sun. 9 to 3

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