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Old 04-02-2014, 11:50 AM
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I'm new to the forum, I have been boating on the Delaware river a couple times in the last two years, mainly been catching catfish on the river. This year I rented a boat slip at Ridley township marina and plan to try and fish for stripers on the river. I normally fish in Lewes, Delaware and the Indian River inlet, so my boat will have a DE registration and have DE boat fishing license. I live in PA and the boat slip will be in PA so myself and everyone on my boat will have a PA license. I believe that I am covered as far as licenses go while fishing the Delaware river around the commodore Barry Bridge and Tinicum island.

My question lies as far has boundaries and regulations. I know that the NJ/PA boundaries north of the commodore Barry Bridge is split down the middle and then somewhere south of the commodore Barry bridged the majority of the river is DE. I've been told that the DE boundary starts at the commodore Barry bridge and I've been told that it's a mile or two south. Can someone confirm the boundaries for me. Is there a landmark that I can uses.

Also I am confused about the striper regulations. From my searches it appears that starting April 1 that PA is slot 20" - 26" with a PA license required. DE is catch and release and NJ is greater than 28". So in reading this even if I'm fishing in NJ I cannot keep a legal fish (greater then 28") since once I cross the river to my boat slip it will become an illegal fish. Also if I'm fishing in PA and have a slot fish I should not cross into NJ or DE waters since that fish is now illegal.

Any insight would be appreciated. I'm pulling the boat out of storage this weekend and I'm hoping to hit the water next weekend.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:10 PM
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From what I have gathered from the authorities, the regulations are for where your boat is registered. When I fish the NY/NJ waters, because I am registered in NY and dock in NY, I MUST follow the NY regs. A friend of mine keeps his boat in the same place as mine, but is registered in NJ. If he follows NJ regulations while fishing, but docks his boat in NY, he must follow NY regs. Hope that makes sense to you.
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:56 PM
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Regulations in large rivers where there are tidal portions as well as non-tidal can get confusing, especially when multiple states (which have their own rules) are involved. I believe you have it pretty much figured out - you reside in PA, and dock your boat in PA. If you plan on fishing in DE waters, you must have a DE non-resident license. There are two ways to accomplish that - either purchase an individual non-resident license which covers only yourself, or a boat license which covers not only you, but anyone else on your boat. By the same token, if you fish in DE waters, you must abide by their regulations - that include possession limits. Next weekend, DE is C&R only (there is also a circle hook requirement if you plan on using bait). If you start fishing in PA and catch two slot fish and keep them, then head over into DE waters and get boarded, you are in violation of DE regulations because you are in possession of two fish. Doesnít really matter where you dock your boat - the rules apply where you get checked - you canít prove to them where you caught the fish - if you have them, you caught them there. Otherwise, everyone from PA would head over to DE waters, catch their slot fish and leave. If they get checked, they would say they caught them in PA...donít think that will fly with the DE enforcement section. Now there may be some reciprocal arrangements between the states that Iím not aware of regarding passing through, but you would need to research that before trying it.
And by the way, the striped bass season is closed in NJ portions of the Delaware from 4/1 through 5/31...I donít know if C&R is permitted there.
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Thanks for the replyI didn't know that NJ was closed. the only question that I have now is where the DE regs kick in.
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:50 PM
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The official state boundary has to do with that 12 mile circle thing, which is downstream of the Cmdr. Barry BR. I'm not sure if the fishing regs are identical to the state boundaries, though (should be). If you look on google earth or mapquest, you can see the state boundaries. I would think that a good gps unit would show the boundaries.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:13 AM
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smitty,

Regulations in large rivers where there are tidal portions as well as non-tidal can get confusing, especially when multiple states (which have their own rules) are involved. I believe you have it pretty much figured out - you reside in PA, and dock your boat in PA. If you plan on fishing in DE waters, you must have a DE non-resident license. There are two ways to accomplish that - either purchase an individual non-resident license which covers only yourself, or a boat license which covers not only you, but anyone else on your boat. By the same token, if you fish in DE waters, you must abide by their regulations - that include possession limits. Next weekend, DE is C&R only (there is also a circle hook requirement if you plan on using bait). If you start fishing in PA and catch two slot fish and keep them, then head over into DE waters and get boarded, you are in violation of DE regulations because you are in possession of two fish. Doesnít really matter where you dock your boat - the rules apply where you get checked - you canít prove to them where you caught the fish - if you have them, you caught them there. Otherwise, everyone from PA would head over to DE waters, catch their slot fish and leave. If they get checked, they would say they caught them in PA...donít think that will fly with the DE enforcement section. Now there may be some reciprocal arrangements between the states that Iím not aware of regarding passing through, but you would need to research that before trying it.
And by the way, the striped bass season is closed in NJ portions of the Delaware from 4/1 through 5/31...I donít know if C&R is permitted there.
You pretty much nailed it. If you caught a fish in DE and head back to the ramp in PA with it, you better have a PA license also. Honestly, if you pull up to the ramp with fishing poles and don't have a PA license you are going to get a ticket. If you are near fish-able water with gear, you are fishing. Get a license. As for NJ, it's catch and release until June, I believe.
When I get to work, I'll do a print screen of a map to show you what to look for to know you entered into DE waters.
Also, if you have either a PA or NJ license, you can fishe either bank on the delaware river. Both states will recognize the other license, but ONLY on the delaware river!
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