Fishing offers way to get outdoors during coronavirus pandemic

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BENTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Self-quarantining is forcing many of us to get a new hobby or revive an old one just to keep busy.

And Mother Nature is ready for you. Eyewitness News photojournalist Joe Butash found one local angler who says there are no rules to stop you from going fishing.

“Fishing is a perfect social distant sport. Why not?” fisherman Chad Baier said. “We’ve been checking in on DCNR’s website and that’s a good website to see what’s real and what’s fake.”

“And they are still saying that fishing is allowed. And of course if it wasn’t they’d have the main gate closed so we are finally getting out here to get some air,” Baier said.

“With the birds chirping the first thing this morning, I heard them and I said ‘you know what? Springtime is here. You got to get the boat out and you got to do some fishing.’ So it’s just my main activity that I always done that and golf. Golf courses are closed so I’m out here fishing,” Baier said.

“Why not? I catch and release. That’s all I do. I keep nothing. I’m also one of the many who have lost their job as well and we’re all being stuck in the house. and a lot of us have younger children and everybody needs to get out,” Baier said. “Even if it’s for a walk, get out there. Get exercise. That’s the main thing. I always find it better when I’m exercising or out in nature period and that’s what people need to do. They need to get out and as long as we’re still allowed to, why not? Why are we staying cooped up in a house,” Baier said.

Chad says he releases everything he catches back into the lake.

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