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05/12/18 Outing – Trap Pond, DE

May 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Meeting Time/Location and Directions for Car Pool or “Caravan”:  Everyone interested in carpooling or driving down together should meet at the Harry S. Truman Park & Ride off of Riva Rd., Annapolis between 6:30 and 7 AM, with departure at 7 AM. Please let Joe Slayton know if you are meeting with us at the Park and Ride.  We can make arrangement to link up people without a boat with someone who does.  Otherwise, we will meet you down at the state park and out on the pond. Backup bad weather day of Saturday May 19, 2018.


Directions to the Fishing Location:  The following is the link to a map for driving directions from the Park and Ride to Trap Pond State Park:



It is approximately 1 ¾ – 2 hours to the park.  Use the following street address to input into your GPS: 33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956.  For those launching canoes, kayaks or other boats, please follow signs for the boat launch ramp.  Those planning to fish from shore or drop off materials for the group lunch, please follow signs for the main park entrance.  At the Park we have paid for use of the “Open Pavilion” (reservation #2-30627399).  It is the pavilion closest to the concession stand.


Gathering Place at the Fishing Location:  The “Open Pavilion” will serve as the gathering location during the day.  As you arrive please check the pavilion for other FSFF members and say hello.  We will gather for lunch in the pavilion club at 12PM.


Species of Interest: Largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, pickerel, and crappie.


Equipment Needed: Recommend a 4-6 weight fly rod with floating line as most of the action will be with poppers on the surface or subsurface close to the shoreline.  Best fishing is out on the pond, so bringing a canoe, kayak or other boat is recommended (and don’t forget your anchor). But you can certainly still catch fish fishing from shore.  And bring a camera or a cell phone to take lots of pictures of the outing and sharing with club members via the FSFF web site and Facebook page.


Recommended Flies: Small to medium sized poppers (e.g., chartreuse Sneaky Petes are a FSFF favorite), wooly buggers, your favorite bluegill fly as long as it has rubber legs, terrestrials (ants, hoppers, beetles, etc.), dragonflies and especially clousers, and deceivers for largemouth bass and pickerel.


License Required: Delaware license.  A license is available on-line with credit card purchase.  A seven day tourist (non-resident) license costs $12.50 + $1 handling, or $20 for the whole year.  The following is the link to website to acquire your Delaware fishing license:




Follow instructions from this page forward, including printing of sample license, then proceed to link under step 3.


NOTE:  Please get your Delaware fishing license before heading out for this outing.  The park office no longer issues licenses and vendors are a significant distance from the park – i.e., you’ll miss valuable fishing time tracking down a license.


Trip Logistics and Fishing Information:  Trap Pond State Park is located at 33587 Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956 and open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset, but access to fishing and the boat launch is not limited.  You’ll need a watercraft of some type—canoe, kayak, rowboat, or powerboat—to fish the entire pond.  Shore fishing is available, although you are limited.  Access fee before official hours is honor system.  Phone number to contact the Park is (302) 875-5153.  Park Daily access fee is $8 for the day – out of state.  Map of Park is accessed at the following link:




Boat Rentals: Routinely rentals are available from Memorial Day but if the weather holds warm they may be available for the May 20th outing.  The day rate for a row boat, canoe, kayak or tandem kayak are respectively $35, $40, $45, and $55. The concession stand that rents watercraft is not opened until around 9 AM.


History: Freshwater wetlands once covered a large portion of southwestern Sussex County. Trap Pond State Park retains a part of the swamp’s original beauty and mystery, and features the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. The pond was created in the late 1700s to power a sawmill during the harvest of large bald cypress from the area. The Federal Government later purchased the pond and surrounding farmland during the 1930s and the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the area for recreation. Trap Pond became one of Delaware’s first state parks in 1951.


Lunch: We plan to meet at the club reserved pavilion at 12PM. Come prepared to eat a lot of great food—BBQ Chicken, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, coleslaw—keep room for dessert, and lie about just how many fish you caught during the morning. Additional details will be discussed at the May 2, 2018 club meeting (see the listing “Trap Pond Outing Lunch Essentials” below).  Please try to reserve a spot on your busy schedule for this outing, as the club has paid a significant amount for the pavilion rental.  Also we hope to get an accurate count of who will be attending (including your guests), and what food you plan to contribute at the club meeting on May 2. 


Overnight Camping: Some FSFF members will camp overnight Friday (and even Saturday) night as the early morning and late evening fishing for largemouth bass can be fantastic.  There are several options available: renting a yurt, reserving a fully equipped site for an RV or trailer, or enjoying one of the many regular tent campsites.  There are bath houses with hot showers located across the campgrounds.  By staying overnight, you can get on the pond earlier in the morning and fish late and only you will know the real size of that huge bass or pickerel that you came close to landing!


Some important park rules:  Pets are not allowed in the pavilion or picnic areas. Alcohol is allowed only in the pavilion area, but cannot be in glass and kegs are also not allowed.  .


Take Pictures:  While you are enjoying the fellowship of flyfishing with your club members, please take plenty of pictures with your camera or cell phone, particularly of everyone catching lots of fish.  We want to share the experience with other club members via the FSFF’s web site and our Facebook page so they are encouraged to join on one of the many outings sponsored by the club.


All please do be safe during this outing as it is your responsibility to stay within your capabilities and practice water safety at all time.



Trap Pond Outing Lunch Essentials

(Sign up to Contribute

One or More of the Following)

paper plates, cups, towels, napkins and table cloth;  JoeS

duct tape for table cloth;  JoeS

hand sanitary cleaner;  JoeS

plastic (knives/forks/spoons); JoeS

aluminum foil;  JoeS

matches, charcoal and lighter fluid;  JoeS

BBQ utensils;  JoeS

drinks (bottled water)  and if otherwise bring your own); JoeS

meat (hamburgers, hot dogs);  MarkB/ JoeS ; BBQ Chicken  CherylF; Others ?

rolls (hamburger & hot dog);  MarkB/  JoeS

salads (potato/noodle/cole slaw);  ?

condiments (mustard, Ketchup, BBQ sauce); JoeS

potato chips; pretzels ?

desserts (RichB’s famous brownies, etc.);  Others?

ice chest and ice;  JoeS

backup small smokie Joe grill; JoeS

large heavy duty garbage bags for trash.  JoeS

other items (suggestions more than welcome)?  Others?



May 12
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Joe Slayton


Trap Pond State Park, DE
33587 Baldcypress Lane
Laurel, DE 19956 United States
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(302) 875-5153

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