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Practice social distancing with a rod and reel

Waters in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers are beginning to warm, and with the coming of spring, rod-and-reel fishermen will also soon be looking for fish. When they go on the water, they will practice the ultimate form of social distancing recommended in this age of COVID-19.

The Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament has been tracking citation fish all year, but the great majority of them to date, including tautog and striped bass, were caught in ocean waters. Some speckled trout citation-size fish have been taken in bay locations, including the Corrotoman River, Lynnhaven River and Elizabeth River. No local anglers have yet received a citation, according to the weekly update posted March 25 on

Check the temperatures

The Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System has two stations that give real-time conditions in waters near Gloucester and Mathews: York Spit and Stingray Point. Each showed water temperatures at 53.6 degrees on Wednesday, April 1. War...

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