These have been difficult times for so many people since the covid-19 pandemic began sweeping across our country and much of the world. Here, people accustomed to being on the go and being able to enjoy the wealth of opportunities available to us have found their lives confined to immediate family and very little outside stimulus. Fortunately, that does not include fishing. In fact, a recent DEC press release suggested engaging in outdoor recreation during this crisis can have tremendous therapeutic value, help relieve stress and even help boost the immune system. Also, Governor Cuomo has waived all park entrance fees until further notice. Do you need a better reason than that to go fishing? And it doesn’t matter what kind of fishing. Many lakes and ponds around the Island will receive their first allotment of trout this week and next. Flounder and blackfish seasons open April 1, and catch and release striper action will continue to build over the next few weeks. There may even be some limited opportunities to catch a few cod depending on the sailing policies of open boats. So, get out and fish. As long as you practice social distancing, you will likely be doing your state of mind a lot of good, and make living through this crisis a lot more tolerable.
If you have yet to get your State Park Beach Vehicle ($80) or Sportfishing ($35) permit, you will have to it online or through the mail. State Park offices are off limits to the public but permit applications will be available in the outer vestibules. You can also download the application by googling 2020 Dashboard Permit (pdf) and click on permit application.

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Events Calendar

Kayak Rigging

4×4 Beach Permit

Rod Racks

Mark Malenovsky Fishing Guide

Kayak Clash

Viking Fleet

Laura Lee

Super Hawk Fishing

Capt Kirk Fay

Steiger Craft

Stream2Sea sunscreen

River Bay Outfitters

Montauk Tackle Company

Sea Pro Boats

Connetquot Park