Fishing Opener is ON! It’s May 9, 2020

We may be living in a season of cancellations amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, but fishing is not cancelled. Fishing opener is May 9.

This year the DNR is asking the public to take a few extra precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's a few of the recommended precautions to take:

  • Boat only with members of your immediate household.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least six feet while at boat launches and landings, fuel stations and community docks. Don't beach your boat or tie up to another boat.
  • Leave plenty of space to people in front of you when boat launching.
  • If you have symptoms of the virus- including a cough, fever or shortness of breath- stay home.
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available.

See a full list of the DNR's guidelines here.

It's also an important time of year to remember cold water safety. The ice went out around mid-late April here on the Whitefish Chain, so water temps are still cold. Be sure to wear your PFD, which could be a true lifesaver in the event that you fall into the water. In cold water, hypothermia can set in quickly. Read more about cold water safety here.

Have a great time, and good luck anglers!

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