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!