As part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Upper Delaware River is managed to maintain the scenic integrity and biological diversity that makes this area so unique, while leaving the surrounding land in private ownership. The pristine water of the Upper Delaware River provides ideal habitat for a great variety of fish species and is well known for abundant fishing opportunities. Because the Delaware is a border river between New York and Pennsylvania special regulations apply and are listed in each state’s Fishing Compendium. Please be aware of all the rules before fishing.
Be sure to obtain a summary book of laws and regulations with your license. Refer to the boundary/border waters section and follow the regulations for size, creel limit, and open season. An angler may use a maximum of two lines. Trout stamps are required with a PA license to take, kill, or possess any trout.
Fishing licenses may be purchased from local sporting goods stores or other state license issuing agents.
Watch for Fish-For-Free Days during National Fishing Week in June of each year. Along the Upper Delaware, a license is not required on these days; all other regulations still apply, however.
Public Access to the Upper Delaware
A state registration is required for all motorized vessels using the river.
Life Jackets are required for all boaters on the Delaware River. Children 12 years old and younger are required to wear their life jackets while boating on the river.
For More Information
For information on fishing regulations, licenses, and health advisories visit www.fish.state.pa.us or www.dec.state.ny.us
Did You Know?
The American Shad are a saltwater fish that migrate from the Atlantic Ocean up the Delaware River to spawn in the spring. Fish reach the upper portions of the river by early to mid May. After spawning many of the weakened adult Shad die, usually in late June and into July.