We are allowed to fish.... right?

#1
Even in this lockdown... it states we are allowed to get food, necessities and we can hike, go outdoors. Isn't fishing qualifying as "getting food?" Food is essential to life last I checked... and every fish I catch is one less that I will be taking out of the super markets or Costco.
 
#2
Pretty sure it is okay especially since fishing is typically a solitary leisure activity. Head out there and let us know if you see others fishing as well!

Just keep your social distance :)
 
#3
Well, pretty scary stuff if we can't. The idea that all food must be purchased through commercial government regulated channels would seem to take away one of our most basic human natural rights.... to live off the land in the most traditional way as we have for millions of years.
 
#4
I fished yesterday at Balboa Pier. Only a few people there and not near me and my friend. It was a nice day and a pleasure to be there. Not too many fish, but there was lots of bait. Saw a few whales come by. Besides gardening, etc.,, fishing was listed as a thing you can do.

Snookie
 
#6
I fished yesterday at Balboa Pier. Only a few people there and not near me and my friend. It was a nice day and a pleasure to be there. Not too many fish, but there was lots of bait. Saw a few whales come by. Besides gardening, etc.,, fishing was listed as a thing you can do.

Snookie
Where is it listed and a conforming activity? Might be good to have that on hand in the event someone confronts the situation.
 
#7
Where is it listed and a conforming activity? Might be good to have that on hand in the event someone confronts the situation.
I don't understand this type of thinking. This is the people's republic of california, but it's not quite authoritarian china yet. Use your head. Who is going to confront you when you are standing alone on a shoreline? Don't you think law enforcement has better things to do? You are not endangering anyone. You are not violating the spirit of the government request that you stay home.
 
#9
If you can go to the store to buy food or gas or hardware, then you can go fishing. Fishing is the least risky of any of those activities.
 
#10
My family is going target shooting on Sunday. We are going to drive about 1-1/2 hours out to some public land and spend the day shooting. We might stop for gas, but other than that, we won't have contact with anyone. I'm not calling anyone to ask for permission because you know what they will say.
 

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#11
The world has been turned upside down so don't assume anything. I imagine most beaches will allow surf fishing but you had better check. Same with piers. If it's a popular pier, i.e., Pacifica with multiple people crabbing, I wouldn't be surprised if they shut it down; same with Fort Baker. Hopefully most city/county authorities will post if a pier is open but as seen by Glen's post some of these agencies are pretty lame when it comes to their own enforcement.
 
#16
What’s there to catch in and around the bay this time of year anyway? Stripers aren’t in numbers and halibutprobably aren’t in yet. Just some catch and release perch?
 
#19
From the 7-county (Bay Area) order issued on 3/16:


10. Definitions and Exemptions.
f. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
i. Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure;
ii. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other nongrocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
iii. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
iv. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
v. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;

vi. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;

However...
Call someone with authority in the area you want to fish. Don't assume--and don't heed the phony patriots who yak about God-given rights (for only their own special interests). They are imbeciles. Most times you will get an okay for shoreline or pier angling. Some areas or agencies, however, are confused and have stubbornly poorly apprised employees; or self-appointed autocrats. Like those who closed Eckley Pier but did not touch Ferry Point or Point Pinole, for example. I was at Ferry Point (not the pier; it was too packed with drunks and stoners) and saw a park policemen yelling at the anglers that they were too close together; and that he would return if more than 20 were on the pier. He never returned and other park employees had no idea what he was talking about. (He also did not mind or notice the poaching and the partying.)


So use common sense. Know the rules before you heed or break them. Do not assume--anything.
Police did not want to escalate and have to shoot one of them. They know they will not have the public's backing.
 
#20
Yeah, the intent is to keep people at home. That's clear. To the extent that you want to exercise civil disobedience, that's up to you. I would most likely fish far away from other people given the chance, but I don't have the chance right now.