Lums Pond State Park

Delaware Fish Species and Where to Find Them

In the Delaware Bay and on the Atlantic Ocean: The beach resorts of Delaware offer plentiful options for chartering (or joining an excursion aboard) headboats and deep-sea boats. Another popular option is surf fishing, which requires a vehicle permit allowing you to drive right up to the shoreline at Cape Henlopen, Fenwick Island, and Delaware Seashore State Parks.

Popular Delaware Bay and ocean catches include sea bass, bluefish, tautog and tilefish. Bigger and feistier fish such as tuna and marlin are caught from deep-sea boats, while the headboats set hooks for croakers and striped bass (rockfish).

By boat and from piers on the Inland Bays (Indian River and Rehoboth Bays): Some of the state’s best fishing is just on the other side of the ocean, in the expansive and scenic inland bays of Delaware. Striped bass and flounder are popular catches, while others will enjoy the simple pleasures of fishing or crabbing from a pier.

In rivers, streams and ponds: Rivers are popular spots in Delaware for striped bass, white and yellow perch, pickerel, black crappie, bluegill and catfish. Many ponds and streams are stocked with trout, and even some large-mouth bass. Pond fishing is a top attraction at Killen’s Pond, Lums Pond and Trap Pond State Parks. Freshwater fishing is available at Brandywine Creek and White Clay Creek State Parks.