2018 Change in Flounder Limits in Delaware

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced that the summer flounder minimum size has been reduced to 16.5 inches for recreational anglers, half an inch less than the previous 17-inch minimum size. Summer flounder season remains open year round and the possession limit remains at four summer flounder per person per day.

The minimum size was reduced to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum XXVIII to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The size change was adopted through an emergency regulation due to insufficient time to adopt the regulation through the standard regulatory process before flounder move into Delaware waters this spring. The required standard regulatory process to adopt the regulation, including a public hearing and comment period, is being initiated.

Fishing Report

By Eric Burnley Sr.*

Updated: May 25, 2017

DELAWARE BAY It has not been a great spring season for keeper rockfish in the lower Delaware River and Upper Bay. The constant rain and wind have made for dirty water as well as discouraging many anglers from even going fishing. A scattering of keepers has been caught at the Yellow Can, 4L and 6L buoys, the Augustine Jetty, Dobbinsville and the pier at Woodland Beach. Bunker chunks and bloodworms have been the prime baits. It is still possible that there are some large females left in the river, but I find it more likely that all have gotten past during the bad weather. Not that it makes us feel any better, but the trophy season in the Upper Chesapeake was not that good either.

Fishing Report

 

By Eric Burnley Sr.*

Updated: May 11, 2017


DELAWARE BAY 
Dirty water, high winds and rain continue to hamper the striped bass bite in the Upper Bay and Lower Delaware River. Even when the weather allows boaters to get out, the dirty water has made catching difficult. Some success was reported at the 6L and 7L buoys on cut bunker used as bait and chum.

Fishing Report

Fishing Report 

By Eric Burnley Sr.*

Updated: May 4, 2017

DELAWARE BAY The number of keeper rockfish caught from the Lower Bay increased over the weekend as more big stripers left the spawning grounds and headed for the ocean.  Most of these fish were caught by anchoring up and chunking with fresh bunker while soaking cut bunker at various depths. The Yellow Can and the 6L buoy were the most frequently mentioned locations. A few big rock were also caught from shore at Augustine Beach and from the pier at Woodland Beach. Bloodworms and cut bunker worked from shore.

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