||Streams open 1st Saturday in April
Ponds open 1st Saturday in March
||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
6 (All Trout species combined)
4 in fly-fishing only waters
||New Castle County - Christina Creek, White Clay Creek, Pike Creek, Mill Creek, Wilson Run, and Beaver Run
Kent County - Tidbury Pond
Sussex County - Newton Pond
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
||Occasionally stocked in Delaware Waters
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||Brook Trout prefer clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams.
They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects and small fishes.
|Did You Know?
Brook Trout are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).
Commonly called a trout, the Brook Trout is actually a char and in the the salmon family.
Brook Trout have a healthy appetite. In addition to their typical diet of insects and small fishes, they have also been known to eat small mammals.
Brook Trout are occasionally stocked in Delaware waters.
Summer temperatures limit trout survival and reproduction in Delaware waters so stocked fish are meant to be taken, but may be released at the anglers discretion.
|Common Lures and Baits
Brook Trout can be caught with artificial flies and small spinners.
Live bait often includes worms.
Other common baits include corn, synthetic baits that are purchased in little jars, and even marshmallows.
|Typical Sizes Caught
Stocked Brook Trout can measure anywhere between 8 and18 inches.
|Citation Minimum Length and Weight
Live Release Award
Adult: 16 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 15 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 2 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 1.5 pounds minimum
Brook Trout are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Trout" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
|Delaware State Record
11 pounds 10 ounces
"Trout" is a general category for Delaware records and can be any trout species.
Brook Trout are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.