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


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


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


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


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


  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 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. Black Sea Bass

  2. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 31.28% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 41793 Black Sea Bass counted.


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 20.95% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 27991 Atlantic Croaker counted.


  5. Flounder

  6. Flounder

    There is a 9.88% catch rate for Flounder, based on 13194 Flounder counted.


  7. Weakfish

  8. Weakfish

    There is a 6.96% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 9293 Weakfish counted.


  9. Pollock

  10. Pollock

    There is a 6.39% catch rate for Pollock, based on 8540 Pollock counted.


  11. Bluefish

  12. Bluefish

    There is a 3.61% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 4821 Bluefish counted.


  13. Spiny Dogfish

  14. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 2.47% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 3305 Spiny Dogfish counted.


  15. Scup

  16. Scup

    There is a 2.09% catch rate for Scup, based on 2797 Scup counted.


  17. Tautog

  18. Tautog

    There is a 1.9% catch rate for Tautog, based on 2534 Tautog counted.


  19. Oyster Toadfish

  20. Oyster Toadfish

    There is a 1.5% catch rate for Oyster Toadfish, based on 2010 Oyster Toadfish counted.


Recommedations above based on 106 species of fish and 133603 fish counted for September around Indian River Inlet.

To date, there are 136 species of fish and a total of 835875 fish counted for Indian River Inlet and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 10/31/1903 (119 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 1:17:13 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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Latest Indian River Inlet Fishing Reports

  • September 16 2022
    9/16/2022 7:57:16 PM - The docks came alive today as many of our crews were busy preparing for a day offshore tomorrow buying fuel and ice steadily throughout the day!  Most of our boats went to th


  • September 14 2022
    9/14/2022 7:32:25 PM - It was another beautiful September day here at the marina.  We continue to see transient traffic daily on their way headed south.  We also did have a few boats head offshore


  • September 11 2022
    9/11/2022 7:33:20 PM - With the weather keeping the boats at the dock we had a long run of quiet days here at the marina.  Today was the first time there was a break in the weather allowing for a d


  • MAHI MAHI ARE HERE
    9/6/2022 11:34:13 AM - September 6 2022 MAHI MAHI are here. RESTLESS LADY 1 —OPEN BOAT TRIPS-/ Call ASAP to reserve your spots NEW— September 11/ Need 6/ 12 hour tuna trip/ $450pp(includes fuel sur


  • September 4 2022
    9/4/2022 8:08:52 PM - Another great September day down at the docks.  Lots of activity as people were enjoying the last hoorah of the summer season.  We had lots of boats head out there today in s


  • September 1 2022
    9/1/2022 8:14:14 PM - It was a beautiful day at the marina and a great day to ring in the month of September.  There is nothing like a September sky down on the docks especially this evening with


  • August 28 2022
    8/28/2022 8:47:47 PM - With many of the tournament boats packed up and gone today was a great day for our resident boats that headed out in search of the fish.  First back to the dock was the Marli


  • Offshore bite continues- Bigeye wahoo blue marlin
    8/28/2022 8:18:08 AM - August 27 2022 Tournament seasons over. We had some nice bites but nothing big enough. Yft Bigeye blue and white marlin sailfish and Wahoo bites. Deep dropping has been good


  • August 19 2022
    8/19/2022 8:37:49 PM - It was definately a tournament style day here at the marina where the parking lot was packed and the slips were empty all day.  We had many boats head out today for the Poor


  • August 18th 2022
    8/18/2022 9:02:10 PM - Today was a beautiful day here at the docks.  Slight breeze and great temperatures.  We had several boats fish out of our fleet.  The Reel Chaos returned to the dock with 1 g


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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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Yellowfin Tuna

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Bigeye Tuna

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44009 - DELAWARE BAY 26 NM Southeast of Cape May, NJ
September 25, 2022 8:40 am EDT
Location: 38.46N 74.692W
Wind Direction: SSW (210°)
Wind Speed: 21.4 knots
Wind Gust: 25.3 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.83 in (1010.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 70.9°F (21.6°C)
Dew Point: 63.7°F (17.6°C)
Water Temperature: 71.6°F (22.0°C)


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