Social Distancing Fishing

POWAY—Perhaps it’s a baby step in the right direction – a sign we’re on the path of recovery after two months of isolation and lockdown. Anglers from two senior fishing clubs in north San Diego County made it out onto the water on May 15 to participate in shore fishing. It was the first time these anglers participated in fishing activities in two months.

The 14 anglers from senior angler fishing clubs in Escondido and Oceanside exercised 6 feet of social distancing during a casual fishing tournament at Lake Poway. All participants also wore facemasks.

The fishing tournament was not an official club event, as both clubs are still shut down, technically speaking, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anglers were allowed to catch any fish species to qualify. Action was limited and only one fish was caught – a 3.26-pound tailwalker rainbow. Chris Bentley, a member of Oceanside Senior Anglers, made the catch.

Another “casual” tournament was scheduled to take place at Lake Wohlford on May 29, where 1,500 pounds of channel catfish would be planted.


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