Interest in fishing increases amid pandemic

A look at resources for first-time fishers as the activity gains popularity

Interest in fishing increases amid pandemic

(KEYC) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people are looking for outdoor activities to de-stress.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation says they’ve seen a spike in interest in fishing and boating. The foundation encourages the activity, as it can be beneficial for your physical and mental health.

“We really believe that the outdoors and nature is the remedy that we all need, your blood pressure comes down, you’re out in a beautiful setting. We feel like fishing and boating is great ways to do that (for your health) simple ways you can do that while social distancing,” said Stephanie Vatalaro, senior vice president of marketing and communications at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Those fishing for the first time are encouraged to check out takemefishing.org for tips and resources. The site provides information on ways to get started, licenses, fishing locations and links to state regulations.

In addition, anglers should check with their state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for more information.

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