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DNREC Stocks White Clay Creek with Fall Trout

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WHITE CLAY CREEK, Del. –Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife says White Clay Creek received its annual fall stocking of trout today.

DNREC Fisheries staff and volunteers stocked about 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout throughout creek at all normal stocking locations from near the border with Pennsylvania downstream to Newark. Volunteers used float boxes to carry about 800 fish from the trucks to the creek. Fall stockings have occurred at White Clay Creek since 2007.

“The fish looked great! Most were between 12 and 14 inches, and they were all healthy, just a premium stocking of fish,” said Fisheries staff member Mark Zimmerman, who heads up the trout stocking efforts.

Fisheries Administrator John Clark noted that fall stocking is handled differently than the spring stocking.

“We try to avoid the crowds and hype that often overshadow the spring opener on the first Saturday in April,” Clark said. “Anglers appear to appreciate this approach, especially when they go to one of their favorite locations, find fish swimming around, and have the stream mostly to themselves.”

Delaware's trout stocking is conducted under the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Officials explain trout anglers support the program directly through the purchase of the required trout stamp along with the normal resident or non-resident fishing license. Proceeds from trout stamps go directly towards the purchase of trout from hatcheries.

For most anglers wishing to try their luck at trout fishing, a Delaware fishing license is required. A resident annual fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware. For non-resident anglers age 16 and older, a Delaware fishing license costs $20.

Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free F.I.N. number.

Delaware fishing licenses and trout stamps are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC's Richardson & Robbins Building in Dover and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent or to purchase a license online, visit Delaware Licenses. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call 302-739-9918.

For more information on fishing in Delaware, click on the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC's Dover licensing desk, and from license agents throughout the state.

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