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12 May 2020

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How to Fish Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How to Fish Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please check the Guidesly Covid-19 Fishing State Regulations page for the latest information.

Effects of Coronavirus

The spread of the Coronavirus is something that has taken the world by storm. During this horrible time, people are looking for glimpses of hope, a sense of normalcy, and a way to unite together. Communities, friends, and families have been doing an incredible job finding ways to come together at home. Leveraging technology to do game nights, practicing social distancing by lining up chairs on neighborhood lawns to have a beer, organizing dance parties on balconies in apartment complexes, and even at home group workouts with live feeds to others in that class are all great examples. The world is doing what they can with what we have.


Another source of normalcy people are finding solace in is leveraging outdoor recreational activities. Hiking and fishing are among the most common in this category. Fishing has so many health benefits that it is important to get out in nature and on the water.

Can I Fish?

Yes! You can fish, with state exceptions. We want everyone to adhere to their state’s laws and regulations, first and foremost. We do not promote illegally dismissing regulations being put in place by each individual state. Do a quick google search to find what your current state laws and outdoor recreational stances are during COVID-19.

Ways to Stay Safe and Fish

Guidesly wants to help people get out in nature while practicing safe ways to fish. Once you find out if your state allows for you to go out and enjoy nature, stay safe with some of these key tips:

  • Stay safe with masks or bandannas- The most common thing you probably hear out there right now is “Wear a mask.” But this is SO important. We know the virus can be transmitted through the air via people in a certain radius, so stay safe with how you’re breathing that air.


  • 6-foot social distancing- Another common phrase we are hearing these days is “Stay 6 feet away from others, and practice social distancing.” The same applies when fishing. Keep 6 feet away from other anglers on the water. This includes carpools with friends. If you are planning a fishing trip with other people, have everyone drive or get transportation separately.


  • Got your license? It’s the law- If you are looking to take up fishing during this time, you still need to make sure you have an up-to-date fishing license for the state you’re fishing in. Each state requires a unique fishing license. You can get this online fairly quickly.

  • Stay local- Staying close to home not only minimizes your risk in travel but also gives you a safety net in case something does happen, so you can be home quickly.

  • Don’t share gear- Um, rude? No, I know it seems mean, but remember, don’t put yourself at risk or possibly put others at risk. COVID-19 is incredibly contagious, and you’re keeping everyone involved safe by saying, “Sorry, I can’t share my gear.”


  • Move, move, and search- Whether you are on a boat or bankside, keep moving. Find different spots if something isn’t working out. Fish are moving out there, so should you. It helps pass the time, too.


  • Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer- Keep your hands germ-free, especially before you get back into your car after a day of fishing.


  • Bathroom practices- There is a good chance public restrooms may be closed during this time. Try to minimize liquids, go to the bathroom beforehand, and properly dispose of any waste during your trip.


Safe casting, fishheads.