Visitors can learn about fishing at the Go Fish Delaware! family fishing festival, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at the Aquatic Resources Education Center, 2520 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna.

The festival will include basic fishing instruction for kids at the center’s two catch and release fishing ponds, as well as introductory lessons in fresh water fishing, fly fishing, surf fishing and bass fishing for adult beginners who would like to learn the basics.

In addition to fishing, the center will offer children’s activities and crafts, a touch tank, traditional net making demonstrations, salt marsh tours on the center’s 940-foot boardwalk trail and tours of the new building with aquariums and aquatic-themed exhibits. Visitors will find information about rain gardens and local wildlife at the outdoor Bayshore Byway interpretive area, and they can walk along an interpretive trail featuring natural and cultural history of the area.

Food vendors will be available on-site; visitors are welcome to pack a lunch to enjoy outdoors.

Individuals ages 16 and older who are not license exempt who want to fish at the festival must have a current Delaware fishing license and a Delaware Fisherman Information Network number. The free FIN number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit, or call 800-432-9228 to obtain their free FIN number.

A resident annual Delaware recreational fishing license costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find a participating agent or to purchase a license online, visit

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