April 2 is Opening Day for 2005 Trout Season

April 01, 2005 The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division
of Fish and Wildlife announces the start of the 2005 trout season on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 a.m. Trout stocking will continue through April28.

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
fish, except in the designated fly-fishing only section of White Clay where the daily limit is 4 fish.

If you haven’t 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
home, an original trout stamp will be mailed to your home address after Dec. 31, 2005. Young Angler Trout Stamps are available online, but must be mailed.

According to Craig Shirey, Fisheries program manager, the Division 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
will be stocked around noontime and the pond in Lewes later in the afternoon. Both ponds had been stocked in early and mid-March with over 1,000 trout each with some over 3 pounds, and anglers have been able to catch most of them.

“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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