DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced the release of newly-interactive online maps that allow anglers and other users to easily locate Delaware’s public freshwater ponds throughout the state. The public ponds, most of which are managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, range from five to 189 acres in size and support a variety of gamefish. The application can be used on mobile devices and can be found on the DNREC alpha website’s Public Pond Page.
The maps include useful details about each pond, such as access, depth contours, flow direction, areas of prominent vegetation, and surface acreage. Satellite imagery provides an on-the-ground perspective and allows users to zoom into specific areas on the pond or to zoom out to get a landscape perspective. Up-to-date research on the gamefish in each pond is included so anglers can plan their outing to cast for their favorite gamefish. Aquatic vegetation management and shoreline and boating access information is provided for each pond.
The interactive maps also include updated information on nine small DNREC-owned ponds. These ponds, which range in size from one-half to 10 acres, are geared for bank fishing, and are ideal for beginners and youth anglers. For additional information on small pond angling in Delaware, visit https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/small-pond-angling/.
Delaware’s non-tidal fishing regulations apply, and a general fishing license is required for most anglers who fish these ponds and other waters throughout the state. Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.
For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.