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COVID-19: Fishing season not banned but anglers need to practice social distancing

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 14:05:09-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Recreational striped bass seasons start April 1 in the Hudson River and tributaries and on April 15 in marine waters. And while anglers are encouraged to get out and enjoy New York's waterways, the DEC is reminding participants to practice safe social distancing to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

The DEC advises New Yorkers to continue to follow guidelines put forth by the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

When fishing, the DEC recommends avoiding busy waterways and following guidelines presented on the its website. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should at least six feet of distance between one another.