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Lewes Delaware Fishing Report
Bill's Sport Shop


Date: 5/2/12




18388 Coastal Highway

Lewes, De. 19958




Fishing News

>> Bill and Bob Bone and 2 other anglers limited out on tautog at the Outer Wall with fish weighing 6#, 6.7#, 9.40#.
>> Our friends up north in Manasquan, NJ aboard the “Tiderunner” informed us that there was a strong weakfish run and found them up to 8 pounds. Thank you David Konick for that news. Hope they make their way to Delaware.
> >FROM the south, Sue Foster, Oyster Bay Tackle, sent us her report: “Flounder fishing was slow this week due mainly to windy weather and not many people fishing! Sunday finally saw some action. We weighed in a couple nice stripers from the surf, saw lots of skates and rays, and saw some cell phone pictures of some good sized dog sharks. Blowfish are around in both the bay and surf. Tautog are still biting. Some nice ones were caught offshore this weekend. The first Mako Shark was caught offshore! And the first Bluefin Tuna was caught offshore!”
> >FROM CAPTAIN CAREY EVANS, “GRIZZLEY SPORT FISHING CHARTERS”: “We continue to see good catches of Tog. Black Drum have begun to be caught in the bay as well. There have been some good numbers of sea trout caught by the gill netter's. Hope this is a sign of good things to come in the future. We will be tog fishing until May11th when they will close until July 17th. By the way, Friday May 11th is open for anyone wanting one last crack at the tog before the fall. May 22nd, the first day of Sea bass, has come open due to a cancellation. Give us a call opening day of sea bass has been great the last couple of years. We also have some prime weekend dates still available in May for either black drum or sea bass. “
New signage alerts anglers to look out for invasive snakeheads in Delaware waterways

DOVER (April 30, 2012) – New signs have been posted at several popular fishing locations in Sussex and New Castle counties to alert anglers to the possible presence of northern snakeheads, and asking them to remove and kill these highly invasive fish if caught, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today. The snakehead is an invasive species that can impact fish, amphibian and invertebrate populations due to their predatory nature, competition for food resources and alteration of established food webs. A key example, according to research by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is that northern snakeheads and largemouth bass have similar food and habitat patterns. Snakeheads have been found the Nanticoke River and its major tributaries in Sussex County, and one popular New Castle County fishing pond to date:


Flounder Tournament

Registration on home page and in store.

May 11th to June 8th - Entry Fee: $35.00

James Farm Ecological Preserve

The annual James Farm Native Plant Sale in Ocean View will be held Sat., May 5th from 9am to 1 pm.. Five nurseries will offer thousands of native plants; trees, shrubs ferns. Grasses and flowers along with advice and expertise at the 8th annual sale. There is a hiking trail and every year we hike down to the water, dogs in tow, and walk the beach while the dogs play in the water. We then hike back where refreshments are available.

TauTog Regulations, Effective 2-11-12

Apr 1 to May 11 3 fish @ 16"

Jul 17 to Aug 31 5 fish @ 16"

Sep 29 to Dec 31 5 fish @ 16"

If there are any changes, I’ll keep you informed.

2012 Boating Safety Classes

• Successful completion of a Boating Safety Course is mandatory for persons born on or after January 1, 1978 in order to operate a boat. Personal Watercraft is a boat. Call Sgt. Greg Rhodes at 302 739-9915 or by email at Gregory.Rhodes@state.de.us . Online State Certification is available.

ASMFC Black Sea Bass Board Finalizes 2012 Recreational Measures

Based on the stock projections completed in 2011, the black sea bass stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring. The projections indicate the stock is at about 111% of its biomass target. In DE and MD, the size is 12.5” and the creel limit is 25. The season runs from May 22 to Oct. 14 and Nov., 1 to Dec. 31. {Season may change depending on federal regulations.}

Upcoming Events

May 11 - June 8 – Bill’s Flounder Tournament

James Farm Plant Sale – May 5th

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Mon. – Thurs. 7 AM -- 8 PM

Fri. – 7 AM - 9 PM

Sat. – 7 AM – 8 PM

Sun. – 7 AM – 5 PM

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