If you’re looking for a unique fishing location in Delaware, Brandywine Creek is the place to go. Because it is both a tidal and nontidal waterway, Brandywine Creek is a favorite spawning location of a wide variety of fish. Here you’ll find smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, musky, white perch, yellow perch, pickerel and American shad. Head down to the North Market Street Bridge in Wilmington where the tidal and nontidal areas merge. Just past this area you’ll find some shallow rapids – this is one of Delaware’s best fly-fishing spots.
Brandywine Creek State Park contains a two-mile stretch of Brandywine Creek called Wilson’s Run. Each year this section of the creek is stocked with rainbow and brown trout (some trophy size) in preparation for run. This is one of the best places in the state to catch rainbow and brown trout, as they are stocked here each year.
The shallow rapids past North Market Street Bridge offer superb fly fishing. Some fishing aficionados claim this stretch of the river offers the best fly fishing in Delaware. White and yellow perch, pickerel and largemouth bass are plentiful. To of the largest muskellunge on record were caught near these rapids.
You’ll need a trout stamp in addition to your fishing license, and the daily limit is six trout per person. Hike Brandywine Trail to find a place near shore to fish, or launch your canoe, kayak, or tube to fish from the creek’s waters.
The rest of Brandywine Creek is filled with bass, bluegill, and crappie. The best times to fish are early morning and late afternoon. If you need supplies, the towns of Greenville and Centreville are close by.