BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many of people's favorite activities have been canceled in recent weeks but fishing is still touted as a safe activity, as long as you practice "social distancing."
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is assuring anglers that trout and salmon fishing season will still open on April 1st. However, people are encouraged to to avoid busy fishing areas and shy away from any nearby parking lots that have several cars already parked there.
"Fishing is good for the mind and body. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo continues to invest in ensuring New York's renowned fisheries remain healthy and productive. While this winter's mild conditions offered ample opportunities for hardcore or novice trout and salmon anglers to pursue their favorite gamefish on waters open to year-round fishing, springtime remains the main event. Water temperatures are rising, causing trout to feed more aggressively, and present a perfect opportunity for anglers. I encourage all anglers, novice and expert, to get outside and fish, but act responsibly by practicing social distancing and staying safe."
While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:
- 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.
Anglers looking forward to pursuing stocked trout can visit the DEC website to find a complete list of this spring's planned trout stocking for 2.27 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.
To further avoid the spread of coronavirus, people are encouraged to buy their hunting and fishing licenses online.