As the COVID-19 pandemic makes major changes to the way you live your daily life, fishing has become a much-needed escape. Many people are turning to the great outdoors, so you may come across situations that require a bit more consideration. Here are some easy best practices to use as you venture out to do a little fishing.

Check Updates at Your Favorite Fishing Spots

State parks, national forests, and other fishing destinations implement regulations and requirements in response to the local COVID-19 situation. State governments are also implementing requirements that evolve with the number of cases and hospitalizations. Before you set off for your favorite fishing spot, check for any updates about one to two days beforehand.

Practice Situational Awareness

When you arrive at your fishing spot, check the situation carefully. Notice if people are practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and following other guidelines. You should look for the place where you will set up your poles before leaving your car, then, grab your tackle and poles and head straight over to that spot.

Use Your Skills and Intuition

Fishing requires a balance of skill and intuition, and both come in handy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fishing is still a community sport, so exercise positive people skills if someone comes too close for comfort. You may recommend a known hot spot for fishing or politely ask the person to maintain at least six feet of distance. Listen to your intuition. If a situation feels uncomfortable, simply find another location to fish.

Have Back-Up Plans

Because you won’t really know the situation at your fishing spot until you arrive, have a couple of back-up locations in mind. This way, you increase the chances of enjoying a day fishing, rather than heading home disappointed and disgruntled.

Add Sanitizing Items to Your Tackle

In the environment of COVID-19, sanitizing is even more essential. You may not have access to restrooms and other amenities. Carry soap and water specifically for washing your hands, as well as hand sanitizer. Avoid touching surfaces whenever possible.