New online interactive pond maps offered to anglers


DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife this week announced the release of newly-interactive online maps that allow anglers and other users to easily locate Delaware’s public freshwater ponds throughout the state.

The public ponds, most of which are managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife, range from 5 to 189 acres in size and support a variety of gamefish. The application can be used on mobile devices and can be found on the DNREC alpha website’s Public Pond Page.

The maps include details about each pond, such as access, depth contours, flow direction, areas of prominent vegetation and surface acreage. Satellite imagery provides an on-the-ground perspective and allows users to zoom into specific areas on the pond or to zoom out to get a landscape perspective.

Up-to-date research on the gamefish in each pond is included so anglers can plan their outing to cast for their favorite gamefish. Aquatic vegetation management and shoreline and boating access information is provided for each pond.

The interactive maps also include updated information on nine small DNREC-owned ponds. Those ponds, which range in size from .5 to 10 acres, are geared for bank fishing, and are considered ideal for beginners and youth anglers. For additional information on small pond angling in Delaware, visit https://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/small-pond-angling/.

Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and by license agents statewide. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call (302) 739-9918.