Fishing & Boating

There are plenty of beautiful beaches, bays and waterways in Southern Delaware. It seems like everywhere you look there is a pond, stream, river, bay or the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy fishing on a quiet pond or charter a boat and experience the thrill of an offshore fishing adventure. Southern Delaware marinas provide fishing information, charter boats, tall ship cruises, whale and dolphin watching, boat rentals and bait and tackle shops. Contact a marina below for more information.

  • Fisherman's Wharf | 302.645.8862 | Dolphin and Whale Watching, Sunset Cruises, Charter Boats, Tackle Shop
  • Lewes Harbor Marina |302.645.6227 | Bait and Tackle, Boat Supples, Boat Launch, Gas and Diesel at the Dock
  • Pier Point Marina | 302.227.2808
  • Rehoboth Bay Marina | 302.226.2012 | Boat Slips, Boat Rentals, Crabbing, Clamming, Pontoon Rentals
  • Indian River Marina | Seashore State Park | 302.227.3071 | Boat slips, Cafe, Dock, Cottage Rentals
  • Boat Hole Marina at the Love Creek Crabbing Bridge I 302.947.9330 | Boat Slips, Public Ramp, Fuel, Storage, Bait and Tackle Shop
  • Nanticoke River Marina | 302.628.8600 | Slips, Maintenance, Winterization, Ramp
  • South Shore Marina | 302.539.7284

For information on fishing and boating regulations visit Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife at www.dnrec.delaware.gov or call 302.739.3441.

Kalmar Nyckel

The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America's pioneering colonial ships. Its historical significance rivals that of the Mayflower, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told. The present day Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s seagoing goodwill ambassador. She was built by a group of committed citizens to be a continuing witness to the courage and spirit of those individuals who undertook the mid-winter North Atlantic crossing in 1637-1638. The ship provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental and commemorative functions. The ship is owned and operated by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers people of all ages a variety of sea and land based learning and recreational experiences. For more information and to see where it is currently docker, visit www.kalmarnyckel.org

Broad Creek River Tour

Travel with Captain Charlie on his boat, the "Mud Hen." He is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard charter captain with more than 45 years of boating and chartering experience. Climb aboard and observe towering riverside forest and native plants, birds, river wildlife and historic scenery where Nanticoke Indians lived and ship builders of the 1800s flourished. The Broad Creek River Tour is an adventurous experience for visitors seeking an off-the-beaten-path vacation experience. Basic tour is two hours, cost is $20 per person (maximum 4 people.) Call 302-841-0198 for information and/or reservations.

Rehoboth-Lewes Canal Water Taxi

Green, public transportation along the Canal corridor via a water taxi. Visit the Cape Water Taxi facebook page for schedules and times.

 

Fishing

Delaware Fishing Guide

Click here for a 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide

Recreational Fishing License Fees

Beginning in 2008, anyone fishing, crabbing or clamming in Delaware waters will need a fishing license.

Non-resident Annual Fishing License - $20

7-Day Tourist Fishing License -$12.50

Resident Annual Fishing License - $ 8.50

Recreational Boat License (for vessels 20 feet or less) - $40

Recreational Boat License (for vessels over 20 feet) - $50

Surf Fishing

Want to drive your truck on the beach? Division of Parks and Recreation surf-fishing beaches include Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park. A saltwater fishing license is required in Delaware and there is a four-wheel drive vehicle license requirement for all state owned beaches. Licenses are available at state park offices. Additional rules and safety requirements will be provided with the purchase of a surf fishing vehicle license. For more information, call 302.739.4702. To keep up on the latest Delaware Surf Fishing News, check out  Delaware-Surf-Fishing.com or take a lesson with Old Inlet Surf Fishing Expeditions, a customized lesson for all skill levels.

Cape Henlopen State Park's Fishing Pier

The fishing pier at Cape Henlopen is open 24-hours and positioned at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. While you're there, be sure to stop in at A&R Bait and Tackle, located at the base of the pier, for a selection of bait, tackle, apparel, and snacks! 302-645-8983