Upstate Trout Season to Open in New Castle County Streams With Youth-Only Day

Upstate Trout Season to Open in New Castle County Streams With Youth-Only Day April 2
 Designated Trout Streams Closed to All Fishing Saturday, March 19 through Friday, April 1

Dover (March 10, 2022) … Delaware’s 2022 upstate stream trout season will open for youth anglers only under age 16 at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, followed by the opening of the regular trout season for all anglers at 7 a.m. the next day, Sunday, April 3, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today. Fishing will be allowed both days from 7 a.m. to one half-hour after sunset unless otherwise restricted by area rules, with trout fishing open thereafter from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset unless otherwise restricted by area rules.

Trout stocked April 2, 2019 in White Clay Creek .. photo by Ernest Eierman

White Clay Creek, Red Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek all will be stocked prior to the season with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish weighing two pounds or more as an added attraction for anglers. Trout stocking is planned to continue weekly at White Clay Creek and periodically at the other upstate streams during April.

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Jeff Wildonger with a citation rainbow trout from up north.

To improve trout fishing for the season openers, stocked trout streams are closed to all fishing from Saturday, March 19 through Friday April 1 to accommodate trout stocking, eliminate incidental hooking of stocked trout, and allow the fish time to adjust to their new waters.

Trout caught at White Clay by Mark Migdal
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Trout anglers planning to fish the upstate trout streams should note the following rules and regulations:

  • A Delaware fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older, unless an angler is exempt.
  • A Delaware trout stamp is required for those age 16 and older, unless an angler is exempt.
  • A Delaware young angler trout stamp is required for youth ages 12 through 15.  
  • A trout stamp is required to fish for trout until June 30, unless an angler is exempt.
  • The daily possession limit is six trout, except inside or within 50 feet of the designated fly-fishing-only section of White Clay Creek where the daily possession limit is four trout.
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Saad trout fishing in Delaware

Proceeds from the purchase of Delaware trout stamps are used to help purchase trout for stocking the next year. This popular fishery is also supported by federal Sport Fish Restoration funds administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that are generated from anglers purchasing fishing equipment.

Opening day for spring trout at white clay creek in 2017

Delaware fishing licenses and trout stamps are sold online and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent, or to purchase a license online, visit de.gov/licensing. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses and trout stamps, call the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Recreational Licensing office at 302-739-9918.

Stocked trout despite being added to our waterways, also fall under DELAWARE FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES

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