The need to practice responsible recreation HAS NOT gone away. In fact, with many states seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases as the country continues to “reopen,” the need is greater now more than ever. Nobody wants to be the angler who unknowingly spreads the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, so it’s important that, as an angling community, we remain aware of the risks and act accordingly.
As a reminder, here’s what that looks like:
- Stay a rod-length apart from your fellow anglers.
- Wear a mask or face covering when you’re in close proximity to others, particularly on a boat.
- Drive to your destination alone, or with someone you with whom you are self-isolating.
- Fish alone, so long as it’s safe.
- Consider fishing close to home — some rural “destination” communities may not have the health-care infrastructure in place to handle a new outbreak.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer as often as you can.
Above all, be smart and considerate. Fishing can be a great way to practice social distancing, and those of us who fish know that time on the water is rejuvenating.
Stay diligent and stay safe.