Indian River Inlet Fishing

Indian River Inlet Fishing

The Indian River Inlet is at the mouth of Indian River, a 15-mile river in Delaware. It's located east of Indian River Bay, and flows out to the Atlantic Ocean. Originally, the Indian River Inlet was a natural dynamic waterway. It played a role in shaping Delaware's coast and served as an entry point for crabs, oysters and certain fish species to survive in the bays. The United States Army Corps of Engineers installed jetties in 1938 for holding the inlet in place. In 2012, the Indian River Inlet bridge opened, spanning above the water.

Indian River Inlet fishing provides ample opportunities for a wide variety of species, including Striped Bass. Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Atlantic Croaker, Sheepshead, Black Drum and Bluefish can be found here most of the year. The Flounder or Fluke fishing can be excellent. A 12.69-pound flounder was caught here in 2020 and was the flounder state record for the year. In rocky areas inshore and nearshore you will find Black Seabass and Tautog. There are also Triggerfish and Vermillion Snapper to be caught on bottom, along with Cod, Haddock, and Pollock.

There is excellent tuna fishing from the wrecks and rocky areas nearshore to the canyons in the deep straight out of Indian River Inlet. Bluefin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, and Yellowfin Tuna are common. There are also Bigeye and Skipjack Tuna much of the year. In the warmer months, Dolphinfish (Mahi-mahi) are commonly caught, along with lots of Wahoo at times. There is also good billfishing with Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, and Swordfish that are caught every year.

Top Indian River Inlet Fishing Spots

  1. Twin Wrecks
    4/15/2016 4:38:07 PM -

  2. DWD1
    8/14/2017 9:16:45 AM - Fishing spot

  3. Fenwick Shoal
    5/1/2017 11:10:33 PM - Fenwick Shoal

  4. DWD-OG1
    8/29/2017 5:59:41 AM -

  5. William C Snow
    5/2/2017 9:22:18 AM - 55' tug boat

  6. DWD-OG
    8/29/2017 5:54:37 AM -

  7. Bass Grounds
    5/1/2017 11:20:42 PM - 2 Boxes

  8. DWD1
    8/14/2017 9:16:29 AM - Fishing spot

  9. DGS92-2
    4/17/2012 9:40:15 AM -

  10. dwd2
    8/26/2017 6:50:43 AM -

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Indian River Inlet Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Indian River Inlet, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 53.05% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 41095 Black Sea Bass counted.

  3. Flounder

  4. Flounder

    There is a 8.59% catch rate for Flounder, based on 6654 Flounder counted.

  5. Tautog

  6. Tautog

    There is a 8.19% catch rate for Tautog, based on 6348 Tautog counted.

  7. Pollock

  8. Pollock

    There is a 5.71% catch rate for Pollock, based on 4422 Pollock counted.

  9. Spiny Dogfish

  10. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 3.77% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 2920 Spiny Dogfish counted.

  11. Weakfish

  12. Weakfish

    There is a 3.35% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 2593 Weakfish counted.

  13. Spotted Seatrout

  14. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 2.52% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 1955 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  15. Bluefish

  16. Bluefish

    There is a 1.81% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1400 Bluefish counted.

  17. Striped Bass

  18. Striped Bass

    There is a 1.51% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 1169 Striped Bass counted.

  19. Cod

  20. Cod

    There is a 1.11% catch rate for Cod, based on 861 Cod counted.

Recommedations above based on 82 species of fish and 77469 fish counted for May around Indian River Inlet.

To date, there are 115 species of fish and a total of 816972 fish counted for Indian River Inlet and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as 1939..

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Latest Indian River Inlet Fishing Reports

  • April 30 2022
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  • December 9 2021
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  • NEW OPEN BOAT/ Bigeye YFT Need 6 Wednesday
    9/30/2021 5:46:28 PM - Good bite good weather need 6 next Wednesday Oct 6 12 hour tuna trip RL1 Capt Todd $390pp Call Sean 443 373-3413... Continue reading The post NEW OPEN BOAT/ Bigeye YFT Need 6

  • YFT Bite/ Need 4 Sunday
    9/27/2021 2:38:36 PM - September 27 2021 Anglers Yellowfin bite this past Saturday weather has limited our chances to get out to the fish and hurricane Sam is out there now. Weather looking good la

  • September 15 2021
    9/15/2021 8:02:46 PM - It was a beautiful September day here at the marina with our fleet heading out in different directions in search of the fish. The Baltimore Canyon was the place to be for the

  • August 25 2021
    8/25/2021 7:42:32 PM - It was another hot day both inshore and offshore but it did not stop our boats from heading out there to see what was biting.  The Baltimore Canyon was the fishing ground of

  • MA 500 starts Monday
    8/14/2021 11:12:27 AM - August 15 2021 Anglers Slow week in the White Marlin Open. Fish were scattered and moon phase didn’t help. Tuna are spread out but Tilefish are plenty this week. Mid Atlantic

  • August 12 2021
    8/12/2021 8:44:12 PM - What a great day at the marina especially as we kicked off the weekend early on the first day of the Poor Girl’s Open.  We had many boats head out today and they came back wi

  • August 10 2021
    8/10/2021 8:07:11 PM - We’re back!! Last week was our busiest weeks of the year with the White Marlin Open in town. We wanted to take a minute to congratulate all the participants and winners of th

    8/1/2021 12:42:37 PM - August 1 2021 Anglers NEED 2 ANGLERS- Mid- Atlantic 500 Tournament/ Restless Lady I/ Capt Todd/ August 16-20/ Call Sean for Pricing 443 373-3413 Great week with Restless Lady

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Top Indian River Inlet Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Old Inlet Bait & Tackle
    Full Service Bait and Tackle Shop located 2 miles north of the Indian River Inlet in the DE Seashore State Park

  2. Lewes Harbour Marina
    Lewes Harbour Marina has been serving area anglers and boaters since 1992. Gas, diesel, bait, tackle rods and reels always available, and fishing apparel.

  3. Rick's Bait & Tackle
    Rick's Bait & Tackle is located in Long Neck, Delaware in Sussex County DE and caries a compete line of bait and tackle targeted to our local waters.

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Top Indian River Inlet Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. First Light Charters LLC.
    Fishing the waters of Delaware Bay, Indian River Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean, our charters are able to catch a wide variety of species using different tactics. Some of the fish targeted are Rockfish (Striped Bass), Flounder, Sea Bass, Bluefish, Cro

  2. Grizzly Sport Fishing
    No Bull, Just Fish. Charter Boat Fishing from Lewes, DE. US Coast Guard Inspected to carry groups larger than six passengers.

  3. Tide Me Over Charters
    If it's fast paced action you're looking for then l have the opportunity to catch Inshore you may find blues, trout & croaker. If a more relaxing day is what you had in mind then kick back and drift through the Indian River Bay for fl

  4. Tranquila Sport Fishing
    Tranquila departs Delaware and offers tuna charters, white marlin charters, offshore charters (including blue marlin, shark, dolphin, swordfish and wahoo), as well as inshore charter fishing trips for rockfish, flounder, sea bass, croakers, and shark

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Top Indian River Inlet Marinas

  1. Lewes Harbour Marina
    Lewes Harbour Marina has been serving area anglers and boaters since 1992. Gas, diesel, bait, tackle rods and reels always available, and fishing apparel.

  2. Ocean City Sunset Marina
    With direct, uninterrupted access to the Atlantic Ocean and its numerous canyons, Sunset Marina makes the ideal homeport for the avid off-shore angler or serves as a layover for the transient ocean-goer.

  3. White Marlin Marina
    White Marlin Marina is Ocean City's premier marina resort. Our commitment to service is our number one priority. After you tie up, take a dip in our refreshing pool or take a walk on the Boardwalk just two blocks away. There are many local bars a

  4. Miss Chris Marina

  5. South Jersey Marina

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