The 2019 spring trout season set to start in Delaware this weekend.
The season officially opens Saturday at a pair of downstate ponds.
Mike Stangl is a program manager with Delaware’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.
He says Tidbury Pond in Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood have both been stocked with 420 trout each and a number of trophy trouts as well.
“This is the 11th year that’re stocking Newton Pond near Greenwood and actually the 27th year for Tidbury Pond in Dover,” said Stangl.
Both ponds will be re-stocked on March 14, 2019, according to Stangl.
Anglers can cast their lines for trout starting a half-hour before sunrise Saturday, but Stangl notes there are rules and regulations to follow.
“Anglers just need a license; they need to purchase a trout stamp. The trout stamp helps pay for the purchase of the trout that we purchase from the hatcheries, along with some federal aid funds we get from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” Stangl said.
Stangl says Tidbury Pond is owned and managed by Kent County Levy Court - Department of Parks and Recreation, so anglers are asked to be respectful of the property.
He notes Newton Pond is owned by Fish and Wildlife and is a larger pond with lots of access; he says car-top boats are permitted, while gas motors are not permitted.
Stangl says there are also trout streams in New Castle County, but fishing at those streams is not allowed until April 6, 2019.