Delaware

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Delaware Fishing Charters

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Delaware: 12 fishing charters available

Sea Monkey Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Dagsboro
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Truetolife Outdoors

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(114 reviews)
Lewes
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $500

Makai Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Rehoboth Beach
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trips from $450

Dorado Loco

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(43 reviews)
Millsboro
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trips from $650

Lost Sailor Guide Service

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Fenwick Island
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Fishing & Crabbing - 24'

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(150 reviews)
Dagsboro
trips from $300

Catterman Adventures LLC

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Lewes
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $399

Ocean Blue Charters

Dagsboro
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trips from $400

Savannah Lynn Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(32 reviews)
Lewes
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trips from $795

Skipjack Sportfishing Inc.

Lewes
trips from $650

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Delaware

The average price for a private 4 hour Delaware fishing trip is $530, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,259 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Sea Monkey Charters, Truetolife Outdoors, and Makai Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Delaware. Full list of top fishing charters in Delaware.

Sea Monkey Charters, Truetolife Outdoors, and Makai Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Delaware.

The most popular fish species you can target are Flounder, Black Seabass, and Dolphin (Mahi Mahi). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, light tackle, and jigging. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

The many waters of the Diamond State provide anglers with a great range of species and techniques to try out. If there’s one thing to know about Delaware fishing, it’s that no matter what your taste in target or skill level is, there’s a hook-up for you here. Rent a rod for the day and see why Delaware surf fishing is always on everyone’s lips. Before you know it, you’ll catch the bug and head out with a charter to land some really big fish!

Known For

Fishing in Delaware is easy to love, easier to enjoy, and easiest when done with a professional captain. That being said, anglers who want to try out fishing for the first time can hit one of the many shores to cast a line on their own for starters. The sandbar stretching from Cape Henlopen State Park down to Fenwick can give you a taste of fishing the Bays and the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the fish you can catch from the surf can be caught from a boat too, only bigger!

Where To Go

Delaware Bay

The famous Delaware River joins the Atlantic Ocean and the wide Delaware Bay. New Jersey and Delaware anglers alike hit these waters regularly. They fish from Wilmington all the way down to the straits between Cape May Point (New Jersey) and Cape Henlopen State Park (Delaware). A popular launch point is Lewes, as it allows you access to both the Bay and the ocean. You can hook up Triggerfish, Spot, Croaker, Kingfish, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and some Striped Bass either in the shallower waters or in the middle of the Bay. One of the new arrivals to the area are numerous Sharks which you can put on your catch list.

Indian River and Rehoboth Bays

The Bays provide anglers with great inshore fishing and easy access to the wide open Atlantic Ocean from the Indian River Inlet. This explains the large inshore and offshore charter fishing fleet that sits at the ready to take you to the best bite! You can find parts of this fleet docked at Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach. The shallower waters of both bays are very suitable to fishing from pontoons – perfect for families with kids who want to get the little anglers hooked on sportfishing. Fishing from the long beach facing the Atlantic Ocean is a very popular past-time, but the catch can’t compare to one reeled in over the side of a boat. Inside the Bays you’ll see Weakfish, Croakers, Sheepshead, and intermittent Flounder action. The other side of the sandbar hides Seabass, Tautog, Big Bluefish, Little Tunny, Kingfish, and even the passing Bluefin Tuna, often over underwater reefs and wrecks.

Offshore

Delaware fishing charters will head approximately 80 miles out from the Indian River Inlet, to the edge of the continental shelf, where you can hook into pelagics. You’ll get the most out of full day and longer trips. Usual targets in the bluewater are Mahi Mahi, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Marlin species.

One of the local hotspots for offshore action is Massey’s Canyon. It’s located about 35 miles southwest out of the Indian River Inlet and is one of the best spots to go after Tuna. Local captains report Bluefin Tuna ranging in the 50-100 lb range with specimens tilting the scales at over 300 lbs! Yellowfin Tuna are somewhat more modest, in the 30-80 lb range. Continuing in the same direction after Massey’s Canyon, you’ll hit “The Hotdog.” This is a “lump” (an area of shallow water surrounded by deeper waters) located 55 miles southwest of the Indian River Inlet. The plateau sits at a depth of 18 fathoms with the waters around it reaching 37 fathoms. Slammer Bluefish boil the water on this plateau, with the occasional Bluefin or Yellowfin Tuna strike.

Fresh Waters

While Delaware boasts many, many small lakes and streams with great freshwater action, there are no larger lakes. The North of the state has excellent Smallmouth Bass action, and big Largemouth Bass lurk in the waters below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Good fishing for Catfish, Carp, Pickerel, Crappie, and Sunfish is found all across the state. Rainbow Trout fans should know that you can hook them up in Delaware; it’s a rare catch though. The DNR stocks some waters with Rainbow Trout, but in modest numbers. If you hook one up, make sure to release it, so that other anglers can have the same fun you will!


Need To Know

You need a valid Delaware fishing license for fishing, crabbing, and clamming in both fresh and salt waters. Luckily, you can get it from over 100 retailers, as well as online – the price is $8.50 for residents and $20 for non-residents, annually (prices subject to change).

If you want to switch up your fishing trip, the state of Delaware is famous for its crabbing. The agile and tasty blue-claw Crab is the mainstay of crabbing action in the state and you can find these feisty foragers along the sandbars and shores all over the place. Many charter captains are more than happy to combine your fishing trip with crabbing on the way back to the dock – just make sure to have a big bushel ready.

The First State presents anglers with a special challenge: get Tournament citations for five different species and receive the brag-worthy title of “Delaware Elite Angler.” You can catch-and-release two fish out of the five, and any combination of freshwater and saltwater species is accepted. Once your catches are verified, you will receive a plaque to show all of your friends. Book a trip with an experienced captain for the best shot at the title – maybe this is your year to shine?
 

Delaware
Excellent
4.1 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Anglers who don’t mind the chill can go ice fishing for Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Pickerel in the northern lakes. Striped Bass can be found inside the Indian River inlet, provided the weather is mild.

February

Perch starts popping up in the Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay. If you want to wet your lines on blue waters, you can find Tautog hanging around offshore wrecks, approximately 25 miles out.

March

If you want a real challenge, you should try “ghost hunting.” Don’t worry, no spooky specters will end up on your line, this is what the local anglers call fishing for Bluefin Tuna during this time of year.

April

The Tautog breach the Indian River Inlet and can be caught in both Bays. Bluefish and Blowfish start showing up within range of your cast from the surf. The Seabass action is improving as well.

May

Ponds across the state are red-hot with Bass, Pickerel, and Crappie. Bluefish start blitzing around Mother’s Day – the waters off Cape Henlopen State Park have had excellent action in the previous years.

June

Tautog and Seabass action gets better in the Bays, while Kingfish and Croaker start showing up near the sandbars on the ocean side. Tuna start migrating back into Delaware’s waters near the end of the month.

July

Offshore fishing starts to get really good during July – Marlin tend to get closer to the shore mid-month and the Tuna increase in numbers. Summer Flounder can be caught in Delaware Bay.

August

With Wahoo in offshore waters and King and Spanish Mackerel in nearshore waters, August is the bluewater month. Night Striper and Spotted Seatrout fishing is tip-top in the Indian River Inlet.

September

Big Summer Flounder start moving offshore. Longfin Tuna can be found in offshore waters, while fishing for Striped Bass and Tautog is great in Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay.

October

Nearshore bottom fishing is great in October: Spotted Seatrout, Croaker, and Flounder can be hooked up. Tuna is still good, weather permitting.

November

If you’re looking to cast some lines from the surf despite the chill, you’re in luck! Anglers pining for Striper action can head into the Indian River Inlet for hook ups.

December

Large Bluefish can be caught in the Indian River Bay. Anglers trying for a slot Striped Bass should hit the waters of the Indian River and Rehoboth Bay, if you can stand the cold weather.

Delaware Fishing Calendar

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Nice weather, good fish activity. Good for children to get out on the water and enjoy the sport.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nice weather, good fish activity. Good for children to get out on the water and enjoy the sport.
Katia  P.
Katia P. Lewes, Delaware

Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
We all enjoyed our day on the bay. Will be booking a sea adventure next time.
William  G.  I.
William G. I. Middleburg, PA
Catterman Adventures LLC
Catterman Adventures LLC
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Me and my 12 year old son absolutely had a blast we caught several shark Kevin and his mate Johnathan are great people very informative about everything we had lots of laughs and made a lifetime of memories. I will definitely be booking another trip.
William  H.
William H. Manchester, OH
Truetolife Outdoors
Truetolife Outdoors
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Captain Dave really put in the work to give my family a great day of fishing. We were able to catch and see several species of fish we had not seen before. Also, Captain Dave put a lot of effort into making sure my son was able to reel in some fun to catch fish. Overall a 10 out of 10 day for the overall experience. We will definitely book a trip with Captain Dave in the future.
Richard  D.
Richard D. Horton, MI
Makai Charters
Makai Charters
Fishing charter in Rehoboth Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(53 reviews)
Captain and crew were very helpful! This was our first time ever off shore fishing. We caught numerous sea bass just didn’t have the size to keep most.
Joseph  I.
Joseph I. Massanutten, VA
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Great day out on the water. When fishing was overall down the captain put us on a bunch of sea bass and flounder then filleted them up at the dock. Go with him if you want the best chance to catch fish!
Chris  H.
Chris H. Ocean City, MD
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Aaron. Really nice guy and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
William  S.
William S. United States
Truetolife Outdoors
Truetolife Outdoors
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Very family friendly as this was our (me and my 10 year-old daughter) first salt water fishing experience. We will definitely be back next year!
Lawrence  G.
Lawrence G. Lewes, Delaware
Dorado Loco
Dorado Loco
Fishing charter in Millsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
We had a great day on the water. The fish just weren’t biting. We got a few but no keepers. We’ll get them next time.
Rob  S.
Rob S. Alexandria, VA
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
We had a great time fishing this morning. Caught some flounder, sea robin, and skate. None of them were keepers but that didn’t matter. Aaron is very friendly and helpful and made our trip extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
Mary  F.
Mary F. Millsboro, Delaware
Skipjack II
Skipjack II
Fishing charter in Lewes
Very good
4.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Good trip five nice flounder in six hours of hard fishing. Captain & mate did a nice job. Would recommend 👍 owner of company did a great job of staying in contact.
John  E.
John E. Bear, DE
Fishing & Crabbing - 24'
Fishing & Crabbing - 24'
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(150 reviews)
George and Georgia were awesome were in the area for baseball tournament. Booked last minute and had a great time. They are great with the kids. Definitely will be back next time we are in the area
Chris  C.
Chris C. Fishkill, NY
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
First time out with Sea Monkey. Overall a great trip. We caught a bunch of flounder and some spot during a 4 hour bay trip. Quick to get fishing and kept the action going while they were biting. Boat and all the rods were in great shape. We had adults and kids. Everyone had a blast!
Matt  W.
Matt W. Saint Paul, MN
Skipjack II
Skipjack II
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(3 reviews)
Myself 2 college ashes boys and 2 high school boys had a blast with Terry and Kevin. Thanks n 4 hours we hooked 9 shark and were able to reel in 6!
Ed  J.
Ed J. Greencastle, PA
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Captain Aaron was great! Took a 3 hour morning trip with him and he got our boys on the fish the whole time. Super fun trip and definitely kid friendly.
Jeremy  O.
Jeremy O. Silver Spring, PA
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Aaron made our trip absolutely special. We had a 7 year old with us, and he showed her special care during the trip. It was amazing to watch out little catch all different types of fish. Highly recommend this experience for anyone who wants a truly memorable trip. Thanks, Aaron! Can’t wait to see you again!
Molly  H.
Molly H. Camden, New Jersey
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Had a great 4 hours with my son and Capt Aaron of Sea Monkey Charters. Aaron is a great guy and he made our trip really enjoyable. My son had a blast catching flounders in the bay. Highly recommend Capt Aaron and Sea Monkey Charters.
Anthony  I.
Anthony I. Nesconset, NY
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Captain was great! Relatable guy with some good stories and knows how to get you on some fish. We lost drift after catching a few flounders so we started catching some spots and croaker for some fun. Was a blast!
Chad  M.
Chad M. Sunbury, PA
Truetolife Outdoors
Truetolife Outdoors
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Half day shark fishing trip. 11am-3pm. We marked sharks all day but the bite was slow until about 2:00. We caught 4 in the final hour. The last one was probably 8-9 feet and the battle took about 25 minutes. All in all a great trip. I would highly recommend Capt. Dave.
David  L.
David L. Murrysville, PA
Truetolife Outdoors
Truetolife Outdoors
Fishing charter in Lewes
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(114 reviews)
Had a terrific morning fishing with my grandson and his proud dad! Traveled all the way from San Jose to fish in our Delaware bay! What a treat to enjoy the grilled Sheepshead for dinner that night.
Joe  W.
Joe W. Millsboro, DE
Sea Monkey Charters
Sea Monkey Charters
Fishing charter in Dagsboro
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(45 reviews)
Awesome trip on the Sea Monkey with Capt. Aaron. He put us right on the fish the whole trip and the boat was very comfortable for all 6 of us. The 4 hour trip was great for kids. Even motored us through a rainstorm for the adventure! Highly recommend!
Derek  D.
Derek D. Falls Church, VA