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Division of Fish & Wildlife Youth Fishing Programs
Bring your family out for a great day at the water's edge!

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Take a Kid Fishing! Program
Delaware is a great state for youth fishing!  We have many places to fish and the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers free fishing lessons for children and young teens by way of the Take A Kid Fishing! program, sponsored by DNREC's Aquatic Resources Education Center. Take A Kid Fishing! events are geared toward children ages 6 through 15, and take place at ponds throughout the state. Participants learn fundamental fishing skills and conservation. All equipment is provided, plus there are activity stations, prizes, and time to practice new fishing skills.

Participation in the Take A Kid Fishing! program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.  Please register by sending your name and the number in your group to Mary Rivera at .


2020 Take A Kid Fishing! schedule of events

June 27 at Lums Pond State Park in Bear                                                                       10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

July 11 at Redden State Forest in Georgetown                                                               10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Small Fry Adventures
Small Fry Adventures is a program geared towards youngsters age 4 to 7 who would like to learn about fish and other critters that live in a tidal salt marsh. Kids will have a chance to view marine life in the aquariums at the Aquatic Resources Education Center and make a simple craft with an aquatic theme. 

Small Fry Adventures program dates will be posted here when they become available.

For more information, please send an email to

 Adult fishing events
Anglers age 18 and older are invited to spend a relaxing evening of fishing at the Aquatic Resources Education Center's fishing ponds. Center staff will be on hand to help participants who are new to fishing.

Adult fishing event dates will be posted here when they become available.

Interested participants can register for the adult fishing outings by emailing While participation is free, all adult anglers must have either a current Delaware fishing license or, if they are license exempt, a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number.

Interested in becoming a youth fishing program volunteer?
We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our youth angling programs. The activities are fun and easy - you do not have to have any special knowledge of fishing in order to volunteer. We have some volunteers who are avid anglers and others who prefer to help kids with activities such as knot-tying or fish printing. There is something for everyone who would like to get outdoors and join other volunteers in a great program for kids! To volunteer, please contact Mary Rivera at


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