COLORADO SPRINGS — If you've recently thought about picking up a rod and trying your hand at fishing, you're not alone.
More people than ever are taking up fishing as a way to get outdoors and be active at a time when many summer activities are shut down.
Fishing it a great way to get outside and still maintain social distancing.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they don't have exact numbers, but there is a definite increase in the purchase of one day and five day licenses this year when compared to last year.
While fishing is a great way to relieve stress, it's also important to remember to respect the outdoors.
"We want people to continue to use the outdoors, just be a good steward of our resources. Take everything that you brought, take it back out with you. Just enjoy it and use it as a stress reliever. We all need a little bit of a way to take stress off and fishing's one of the best ways that we've found to do that," General Manager of Angler's Covey, Rachel Leinweber said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people that during the pandemic they should try to stay as local as possible while they're out trying to catch their dinner. Check for any restrictions in counties you plan on fishing in.