||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
||Abundant after stocking
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||Rainbow Trout prefer clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams.
They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects and small fishes.
|Did You Know?
Rainbow Trout are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).
Delaware predominantly stocks Rainbow Trout. They are stocked to provide immediate fishing opportunities.
Trout is the oldest fish aquaculture industry in North America. The first trout hatchery was started in the 1880s.
A group of rainbow trout is a hover.
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
Rainbow 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 Rainbow Trout can measure anywhere between 9 and 26 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
Rainbow 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.
Rainbow Trout are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.