The Fox Waterway Agency reminded those who want to fish and go on the waterways to maintain current social distancing guidelines and follow COVID-19 prevention strategies from the Centers for Disease Control in a letter from Joe Keller, executive director of the Fox Waterway Agency.

Anglers who want to fish during the stay-at-home order can do so with the appropriate licensing and permits on private property or sites that currently are open to the public.

“We ask our anglers to help their fellow outdoorsmen and women by following all public health directives; including staying at least 6 feet away from other sportsmen and staying home if they’re exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19,” Keller wrote.

Although the Fox Waterway Agency has kept waterways open during the state’s stay-at-home order for those with a 2020 FWA user sticker, that could change if users don’t abide by safe social distancing rules, Keller wrote. This means maintaining a 6-foot separation for boaters and family groups.

“The FWA and law enforcement are keeping a close eye on the waterway to make sure people are respecting the 6-foot social distancing rule, which includes not tying up to another boat or anchoring closer than 10 feet from another boat,” Keller wrote. “By following these rules, users can help keep the waterway safe, healthy and open.”

The Fox Waterway Agency offices are closed to the public. Staff, however, is continuing to work, and people can mail or complete their watercraft renewal online.

There also is a drop box by the front door that people can use from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit