April 2 is Opening Day for 2005 Trout Season
April 01, 2005 The Department of Natural Resources
and Environmental Controls Division
Trout fishermen are reminded that, in addition to the
normal freshwater fishing license requirements, they also must purchase
a trout stamp ($4.20 for those 16 years and older). Young anglers
between the ages 12 and 15 who are residents do not need the resident
fishing license but are required to purchase a Young Angler Trout
Stamp for $2.10. Non-residents must also purchase the appropriate
non-resident stamps and licenses. All proceeds from the sale of the
stamps will be used to buy the hatchery-raised fish for next year.
The daily limit for anglers is 6
If you havent purchased your license or trout
stamp yet, but would still like to be part of the opening day of trout
season, you can purchase them online and print them at home. To do
this, go to www.dnrec.state.de.us/fw and then click on the link in
the upper left-hand corner of the page that says Purchase Your
Hunting, Fishing and Dog Licenses Online. Once you are on the
Delaware At Your Service secure webpage, click on the
yellow tab that says Fish & Wildlife. From there,
follow the prompts to purchase and print your license and stamp. You
will need a credit card to purchase any licenses or stamp online.
For those who print their stamp at
According to Craig Shirey, Fisheries program manager,
of Fish and Wildlife will make an additional stocking of rainbow
trout into Tidbury Park pond near Dover and Blockhouse Pond in Lewes.
Division personnel will stock approximately 250 rainbow trout averaging
11 inches (about ½ pound each) into each of the ponds on Tuesday,
April 5. Tidbury
This supplemental stocking is being conducted due to the unusually cool weather, Shirey said, which has kept the water temperature within the range suitable for trout survival.
Trout are cold water species that cannot tolerate or
survive in warm water. Once the warm weather finally arrives, any
trout remaining in the ponds will most likely die. Therefore anglers
are encouraged to keep their catch and invite them to dinner. These
freshwater trout were farm-raised at a trout hatchery in central Pennsylvania
and are excellent table fare.
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