Delaware Striper Fishing

Delaware Striper Fishing can be broken down to three primary areas: the Delaware River which separates Delaware from New Jersey in the north, the coast to the south down to the Indian River Inlet, and the Indian River Inlet itself at south end of Delaware. There are also a few miles of beach south of the Indian River Inlet which are difficult to access due to private land restrictions.

Delaware River Striper Fishing is primarily in the tidal portion but stripers are in the freshwater portions as well, all the way up to New York! Upper portions of the river also have good trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing. Best months are reportedly May and June, although the river holds fish all year round. Stripers breed in the Delaware River, and check the current regulations which may not allow targeting stripers during breeding season.

The Delaware coast down to the Indian River Inlet has lots of shore access available for fisherman, for example Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park. There is not a lot of structure on the Delaware coast, so unless bait is plentiful, most fish tend to migrate through instead of holding all summer.

The Indian River Inlet is a well known striper hotspot. Locals report it fishes best near high tide, maybe 2 hours on either side. The jetty at the mouth is popular, and there is shore access available in the inlet as well. Fishing the back bays typically requires a boat and rentals are available.

Striped bass show up in early April and can stay until February depending on the weather! The Delaware River, and some inlets like the Indian River Inlet, hold fish all winter. Delaware has a long Striper season.

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