Striped Bass above rocks

Fishing and crabbing are permitted on designated areas of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. All State fishing regulations apply on the refuge, including open seasons, limits, and permitted species. All fishing is for personal use. Commercial fishing is not permitted.

Gear- All fishing and crabbing gear must be attended.

Fishing will be conducted by hook and line only.

Crabbing will be conducted using only hand lines, dip nets, and collapsible traps. Collapsible traps must be fished from the shore only and the owner must be present. All other types of crabbing equipment are prohibited (no trot lines or crab pots)

Bait fish and grass shrimp may be collected with a dip or cast net for use on the refuge.

Permits – No Refuge-specific permits are required. A valid State license is required. The license must be exhibited to Federal and State officers upon request.

Hours – The refuge is open for fishing access from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset

Fishing & Crabbing Areas – Fishing & Crabbing are allowed at the following locations. No other waters are open to fishing or crabbing. See map.

Fowler Beach -On the beach (Oct 1st- Mar 1st)

Slaughter Canal -Shore access at Fowler Beach Rd and Slaughter Beach Rd crossings. By boat between Fowler Beach Rd and Slaughter Beach Rd. Boats are not permitted south of Fowler Beach Rd.

Slaughter Creek -Shore access at Cods Rd crossing.

Prime Hook Creek - Boat access between Foord's landing and Waples Pond.

Headquarters Canal - Shore access along the Dike trail.

Turkle & Fleetwood Ponds - Boats or Shore. Boats limited to human or electric power.

Petersfield Ditch - Shore access only at the Broadkill Rd crossing.

Related Documents
Prime Hook Fishing and Crabbing Sheet

Prime Hook Fishing and Crabbing info sheet. 2023

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