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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.



Indian River Inlet Fishing Forecast

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. Atlantic Mackerel

  2. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 44.29% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 29578 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Indian River Inlet Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET ATLANTIC MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


  3. Anchovy

  4. Anchovy

    There is a 20.11% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 13430 Anchovy counted.

    Indian River Inlet Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET ANCHOVY COUNTS CHART


  5. Tautog

  6. Tautog

    There is a 12.39% catch rate for Tautog, based on 8277 Tautog counted.

    Indian River Inlet Tautog Counts Chart
    Tautog

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET TAUTOG COUNTS CHART


  7. Weakfish

  8. Weakfish

    There is a 5.49% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 3664 Weakfish counted.

    Indian River Inlet Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET WEAKFISH COUNTS CHART


  9. Black Sea Bass

  10. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 4.3% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 2873 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Indian River Inlet Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET BLACK SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  11. American Shad

  12. American Shad

    There is a 2.09% catch rate for American Shad, based on 1395 American Shad counted.

    Indian River Inlet American Shad Counts Chart
    American

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET AMERICAN SHAD COUNTS CHART


  13. Spiny Dogfish

  14. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 1.74% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 1160 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Indian River Inlet Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Silver Hake

  16. Silver Hake

    There is a 1.71% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 1142 Silver Hake counted.

    Indian River Inlet Silver Hake Counts Chart
    Silver

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET SILVER HAKE COUNTS CHART


  17. Blueback Herring

  18. Blueback Herring

    There is a 1.36% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 910 Blueback Herring counted.

    Indian River Inlet Blueback Herring Counts Chart
    Blueback

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET BLUEBACK HERRING COUNTS CHART


  19. Flounder

  20. Flounder

    There is a 1.17% catch rate for Flounder, based on 783 Flounder counted.

    Indian River Inlet Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE INDIAN RIVER INLET FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 55 species of fish and 66781 fish counted for April around Indian River Inlet.

To date, there are 149 species of fish and a total of 5109027 fish counted for Indian River Inlet and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/31/1903 (121 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 2:39:16 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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 the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Indian River Inlet are the following:

  1. Fenwick Shoal
    Fenwick Shoal


  2. Twin Wrecks


  3. DWD1
    Fishing spot


  4. DWD-OG1


  5. William C Snow
    55' tug boat


  6. Bass Grounds
    2 Boxes


  7. DWD-OG


  8. DGS92-2


  9. DWD1
    Fishing spot


  10. African Queen Reef
    African Queen Reef


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Latest Indian River Inlet Fishing Reports

  • December 13 2023
    Need a last minute gift for the holidays?  Atlantic Tackle and Sunset Provisions have you covered with apparel  and gear to outfit the whole family!  Carrying a wide variety


  • Bigeye, Yellowfin, Mahi, and Swordfish
    Left Ocean City, MD headed toward Washington canyon. Found some Dolphinfish on some crab/lobster pots. Not long after reaching the canyons, we caught the first Yellowfin tun


  • September 20 2023
    Today proved that when weather permits the September fishing just can’t be beat.  We had several boats head offshore today looking for the marlin bite and they were rewarded


  • September 7 2023
    The September billfish bite continues to be hot and we had another good group of boats head offshore to reap the benefits!  “Roll Groove” returned from a double overnight tri


  • September 6 2023
    It was another day of the amazing September fishing here at the marina.  All of the fleet headed out looking for the billfish bite once again.  They all went to the Baltimore


  • September 3 2023
    It was one of those famous September fishing days we get this time of year at the marina.  We had a lot of boats head offshore to make use of this beautiful holiday weekend a


  • August 3 2023
    It was a fantastic day at the marina as more and more of our tournament boats continue to arrive.  We had a good number of boats head offshore looking for the fish bite and t


  • August 2 2023
    It was a busy day down on the docks as some of our tournament boats slowly start to trickle in.  We are selling lots of fuel and you can feel the anticipation in the air as t


  • July 26 2023
    The sun was shining and the fish were biting!  It was a nice steady day at the marina today with many of our crew’s doing maintenance and a good amount of boats that headed o


  • July 23 2023
    It was a great end to the weekend with another sunny clear day!  We had a lot of our transient boats enjoy their last day of the weekend swimming at  the pools and grabbing c


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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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Black Seabass

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44009 - DELAWARE BAY 26 NM Southeast of Cape May, NJ
April 18, 2024 9:40 pm EDT
Location: 38.46N 74.692W
Wind Direction: NNE (30°)
Wind Speed: 23.3 knots
Wind Gust: 27.2 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.10 in (1019.4 mb)
Air Temperature: 47.7°F (8.7°C)
Dew Point: 45.7°F (7.6°C)
Water Temperature: 49.8°F (9.9°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous Moon

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