Brown Trout

Brown Trout are light brown or tawny with pronounced black spots on the back, sides, and head.

The spots are often surrounded with a reddish halo, along with reddish spots on the sides.

Brown Trout Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Streams open 1st Saturday in April

Ponds open 1st Saturday in March
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person 6 (All Trout species combined)

4 in fly-fishing only waters
Delaware Range 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 Brown Trout prefer clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams.

They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects, crayfish, salamanders, frogs, rodents, and small fishes.
Did You Know? Brown Trout are an introduced species to the United States (meaning they are non-native). The first introductions of Brown Trout into waters of the United States occurred in Michigan in 1884.

Brown Trout hybridize with brook trout to produce the Tiger Trout.

Brown 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 Brown Trout can be caught with artificial flies and small spinners.

Live bait often includes worms and minnows.

Other common baits include corn, synthetic baits that are purchased in little jars, and even marshmallows.
Typical Sizes Caught Stocked Brown Trout can measure anywhere between 8 and 24 inches in length.
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

Brown 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
Edwin Wallace

"Trout" is a general category for Delaware records and can be any Trout species.

Brown Trout are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.