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Fishing in Lower Delaware

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By: Sanika Nawathe

As the weather gets cooler, you might be wondering, what can I do at the Canalside Inn, located in the Nation’s Summer Capital in the Fall & Winter Seasons?” If you’re interested in fishing or want a fun outdoor activity to do, we have many different options ready for you! Canalside Inn is a pet-friendly, Rehoboth Beach Hotel that won the Best of Delaware 2020 Award is walking distance from the beach and a short drive to Gordon’s Pond and many other great fishing locations!

Where Can I Go Fishing?

Delaware beaches have a lot to offer. During your stay, you might be interested in seeing what our local fisheries have to offer. Below, we’ve outlined some of the areas best spots to wet a line.

Delaware Seashore State Park

A popular spot in Rehoboth Beach is Delaware Seashore State Park, which features 2825-acres. Kristen and Bryan love to take the kids to Burton Island to explore the wildlife and often time you can find them fishing off the rock jetties right before the island in the marina.  Search this link to find the right spot fishing spot.  If you’re an avid fisher, as well as a history buff, Tower Beach, south of Dewey Beach, is for you. This spot has WWII watch towers right on the beach, as well as parking. If all these fishing spots sound exciting to you, don’t hesitate to check them out! A bonus is that many of these spots are also pet friendly! 

Cape Henlopen State Park

Another popular destination is Cape Henlopen State Park between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, De. Cape Henlopen offers more than just fishing, other activities include camping, canoeing, hiking, trail biking from Herring Point to Gordon’s Pond, and much more. Walk the Fishing Pier stop at the bait shop and fish all day.   The pier was originally built to support mine operations during World War II. Today, it offers 24-hour access to fishing in the Delaware Bay.

Indian River Inlet

Indian River Inlet is also a great destination to fish by land and along the Jetty. Some of the most popular catches are striper, bluefish, shad, and tog fishing. You never know what you will spot, or catch, at Indian River Inlet; along with those four popular varieties, some people have even caught sharks, Mahi Mahi, and have even spot whales. Bubblegum Beach, a popular spot for flounder lovers, is also located in Indian River Inlet.  If you need help cleaning your fish check out Hook ‘em & Cook ‘em bait shop.

two people fishing at sunset from a boat

Holts Landing State Park

Another option is Holts Landing State Park in Millville, Delaware. This park offers fishing, clamming, and crabbing, along with many other amenities.  Fishing permit required.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

If you drive 30 minutes north you will find your self at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge with an abundance of natural refuge Prime Hook was established in 1963 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act “for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds.” It is located on the west shore of the Delaware Bay, approximately 22 miles southeast of Dover, the State capital, and 64 miles southeast of Wilmington, Delaware.  This diverse land has 308 species of birds, 51 species of fish, 45 species of reptiles and amphibians, 37 species of mammals, and an array of rare insect and plant species.  You can also bring your dog to walk around Turtle Pond. The visitor center is open daily year-round from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, weather and volunteer dependant.

Fishing Charters

If you want to go on a long fishing trip, take a look at fishing charters in Rehoboth BeachTrips start at $200 and can be booked for a wide number of people just google. Fishing charters are especially great if you want to fish at a further location from Rehoboth Beach. 

You don’t even have to worry about bringing all of your fishing equipment with you. Rehoboth Beach has plenty of bait and tackle shops, including Ice House FishingIce House Fishing is located in Lewes, Delaware, and is right off of the highway, perfect for picking up equipment as you drive into Rehoboth Beach, or on your way to your fishing spot if you are going further away. They offer a variety of fishing supplies, as well as outerwear, raingear, boating supplies, and other outdoor products. All your fishing and outdoor problems can be solved at this prime spot. Before you come, make sure you buy a fishing license, which is required at all locations!

Contact us at the Canalside Inn to get more local knowledge about the best fishing spots and tours at Rehoboth’s beaches. Reserve your room today and call or email to confirm the dates for your fishing trip! 

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