We feel you: You’ve been watching Joe Exotic and wearing out the buttons on your TV remote and you’re sick of it. Thus, you may be wondering what you can do to expand your recreational repertoire during these days of sheltering in place. It turns out that the great outdoors are still great for staying more than six feet away from your fellow residents and staying safe. Consider taking up fishing! Fishing at city lakes is still an approved activity under shelter-in-place orders.
Now, please note that if you do fish at a city-owned lake and you’re 16-61, you will need to get a city fishing permit in addition to a state fishing license. City permits range from $5 for a single day to $20 for the whole year and can be purchased online at the link above. There are a few other rules and regs for fishing in the city, but nothing too onerous (see the link above for info on the particulars).
The money from your fishing permit helps support the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery, where the city raises the fish that it puts in the ponds. When you hook one of those guys and take it out, more fish will need to be added, so it’s important to support the program. Think of it as the fishing circle of life.
The first Saturdays of every month are also “free fishing days” in the city, so if you want to give it a go without burning the $5, you can take advantage of those (a state license is still required). If you’d rather go after creatures of the land rather than our flippety-floppety friends below the waterline, you can actually pursue some waterfowl on a couple city-owned lakes, given it’s the right season and you get the correct permits.