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Lewes Fishing

Lewes Fishing

Lewes, known as The First Town in The First State, is a small city in the Cape Region in Delaware with an interesting history of resiliency. Dutch settlers founded the town in 1631 as a whaling and trading post. The Native American tribe Lenape wiped them out in 1632. The city of Amsterdam gave a land grant to Mennonites for settling in the area in 1662. It suffered a similar fate as the first settlement. England conquered New Netherland and ordered for the settlement to be burned to the ground. The Dutch managed to resettle it again in 1673, but a group of Maryland colonists burned it down. After overcoming a tumultuous beginning, Lewes is now a peaceful location with excellent fishing.

Species you could catch while inshore fishing include Bluefish, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, Striped Bass, and Weakfish. Nearshore fishing around Lewes can deliver Black Sea Bass, Tautog, and Porgy on bottom. Bluefin, False Albacore (Little Tunny), and Spanish Mackerel are common species you can catch in the nearshore waters. Your likely offshore catches are Bigeye Tuna, Blue Marlin, Dolphinfish (Mahi-mahi), Wahoo, White Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna. Deep dropping can produce Blueline Tilefish, Golden Tilefish, Swordfish, and Wreckfish. A record 21.8-pound Tautog was caught off the shore of Lewes, beating the Delaware state record at the time. Another impressive catch while Lewes fishing is a 17.1-pound Sheepshead with a girth of 24 inches and a length of 28 inches.

Lewes Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lewes, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Scup

  2. Scup

    There is a 41.18% catch rate for Scup, based on 80253 Scup counted.

    Lewes Scup Counts Chart


  3. Black Sea Bass

  4. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 16.47% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 32098 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Lewes Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  5. Atlantic Croaker

  6. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 8.56% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 16678 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Lewes Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  7. Anchovy

  8. Anchovy

    There is a 7.57% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 14755 Anchovy counted.

    Lewes Anchovy Counts Chart


  9. Silver Hake

  10. Silver Hake

    There is a 3.55% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 6928 Silver Hake counted.

    Lewes Silver Hake Counts Chart


  11. Tautog

  12. Tautog

    There is a 3.19% catch rate for Tautog, based on 6215 Tautog counted.

    Lewes Tautog Counts Chart


  13. Blueback Herring

  14. Blueback Herring

    There is a 3.08% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 6010 Blueback Herring counted.

    Lewes Blueback Herring Counts Chart


  15. Flounder

  16. Flounder

    There is a 3.07% catch rate for Flounder, based on 5980 Flounder counted.

    Lewes Flounder Counts Chart


  17. Spot Croaker

  18. Spot Croaker

    There is a 2.92% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 5685 Spot Croaker counted.

    Lewes Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  19. Weakfish

  20. Weakfish

    There is a 2.62% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 5104 Weakfish counted.

    Lewes Weakfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 73 species of fish and 194898 fish counted for May around Lewes.

To date, there are 145 species of fish and a total of 4029534 fish counted for Lewes and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1871 (153 years).

Last Update: 5/16/2024 3:48:10 PM

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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Top Lewes Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Lewes are the following:

  1. 5 Fathom Bank
    5 Fathom Bank

  2. Fenwick Shoal
    Fenwick Shoal

  3. DWD1
    Fishing spot

  4. DWD-OG1

  5. William C Snow
    55' tug boat

  6. DWD-OG

  7. DGS92-2

  8. DWD1
    Fishing spot

  9. dwd2

  10. SS Atlantus
    SS Atlantus is the most famous of the twelve concrete ships built by the Liberty Ship Building Company in Brunswick, Georgia during and after World War I.  The steamer

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Latest Lewes Fishing Reports

  • Delaware Bay Drum Fishing 1st Trip
    We started our 2019 fishing season on the Delaware Bay this past weekend targeting Black Drum. Black Drum fishing offers great fun for friends and family with a short boat rid

  • Delaware Bay Drum Fishing Report
    Drum bit really good in the bay this afternoon! After catching and releasing 12 big Drum today these kids were asking their dads can we do an offshore tuna trip on the Hooked

  • Final Drum Trip 2019
    We finished off our inshore Black Drum trips yesterday with some nice size fish. The bite was not as good as the two previous trips but we did catch a few really good sized dr

  • First Offshore Tuna Trip for 2019
    What a great tuna trip today to start the 2019 offshore season on the Hooked Up II. We went 16 for 18 on Yellowfin tuna with a few bonus Mahi Mahi thrown in the mix. It was no

  • Fishing Report June 22
    We decided to take a gamble and fish about 30 miles from where we had our excellent trip last week and it could not have worked out better. It took us a few hours to find the

  • Wilmington Canyon Yellowfin Trip
    ANOTHER EXCELLENT TRIP TODAY FOR TUNA ON THE Hooked Up II and there is exciting news about the local offshore scene with the arrival of Bluefin tuna inshore along the 20 and 3

  • Canyon Yellowfin Tuna Trips Going Strong
    These pictures are from the last two days of offshore tuna fishing on the 55 Hooked Up II out of Cape May NJ On Thursday’s trip we put together a decent catch of quality size

  • Inshore Bluefin Tuna Fishing
    We slammed the Bluefins today on our first inshore tuna trip of the season! We fished a little known hill that Capt John used to tuna fish 15-20 years ago that almost always h

  • Sea Bass Fishing
    Wreck fishing for sea bass continues to be a good bite … with Tog and a few good sized flounder mixed in.

  • December Fishing
    Tog continue to be caught on the wrecks along with a few sea bass. Night trips are producing stripers on the fly and light tackle … a few larger fish...

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Top Lewes 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. Cape May Bait & Tackle LLC
    NJ Southern Most Bait and Tackle in West Cape May. Your one stop bait and tackle store for the Jersey Shore.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Lewes 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. 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 Lewes 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. Grassy Sound Marina
    Situated on the Grassy Sound Channel in beautiful Cape May County, N.J. Creating memories with family and friends at Grassy Sound Marina will be the highlight of your Summer. Enjoy optimal access to prime fishing and crabbing areas or spend the day o

  3. Harbor View Marina

  4. Miss Chris Marina

  5. South Jersey Marina

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