ALPENA, Mich. — It has been a very slow process for the return of sports. However, here in Northeast Michigan, fishing is one of the few outdoor activities that’s still going strong. In fact, it’s starting to become a new hobby. Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that community fishing is experiencing a wave of interest during the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans seek creative ways to de-stress and practice social distancing.
“It’s a natural activity to be spaced out,” said Stephanie Vatalaro, senior vice president at the (Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation). “Just being near the water lowers your blood pressure and it helps with anxiety and depression.”
According to a national survey that was conducted by the RBFF, 18% of people are interested in fishing more then they were before. By the time summer approaches, that percentage could possibly increase.
“As the weeks have gone on, our company has seen an increase in the number of people looking for fishing information,” said Vatalaro. “People are looking for something to do outdoors that is close to home.”