DGIF Updates Related to COVID-19

CPOs Fishing on the Job

On August 11, 2019, Conservation Police Officers Joshua Thomas and Tyler Bumgarner were patrolling the Chesapeake Bay near Mathews County. As the CPOs prepared to approach a boat they noticed the fisherman had hooked a large fish. The CPOs stayed back while the fisherman fought the fish and attempted to land it. After several minutes, the fisherman motioned that he needed help.

CPO Thomas quickly maneuvered his patrol boat where CPO Bumgarner could jump on the fisherman’s boat. CPO Bumgarner was able to gaff the large cobia and bring it onboard. The fisherman was ecstatic and explained that this was his first cobia. The CPOs assisted in measuring the fish and taking pictures for the angler and his wife.

The cobia was 48 inches long and had spooled the angler’s reel during the fight. Luckily for the fisherman, both CPOs are avid anglers and knew how to handle the situation.

Fishing During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • If you choose to fish during the pandemic it is essential that you follow CDC guidelines.
  • Purchase your fishing license online instead of in-person.
  • Fish alone or with family members or others that you live with and are isolating with during the Governor’s “stay at home” order.
  • Do not fish if you feel sick or think you might be sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or using alcohol-based sanitizer even while afield or afloat.
  • Do not share equipment with anyone, and wash your equipment when you’re done.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other anglers you encounter and try to avoid crowded access points.
  • Do not float in a raft, drift boat, john boat, or canoe with friends that you are not isolated with during the “stay at home” order.  If you choose to float please do so with individuals that you live with and are isolated with.
  • Try to fish near home as much as possible and avoid traveling long distances.
  • August 29, 2019