Take advantage of today’s technology and preserve the fishery at the same time. We encourage you to practice catch and release of trophy fish. You can have all the enjoyment of landing the big one, and the satisfaction of knowing that by putting it back you perpetuate the species.


Take several good photos of the fish and record an estimate of its weight and length before release. From this information we can provide you with a lasting memory to hang on the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

Improved fishing technology and increased fishing pressure have caused the quality of fish to decline in many waters. Catch-and-release offers anglers a way to enjoy their sport while affecting less impact to the resource. Each year, more anglers discover the satisfaction of watching a fish they’ve caught swim away. Here are some helpful tips for proper catch-and-release.

 

Play and land fish quickly. A prolonged struggle places too much stress on a fish and can kill the fish after it is released.
Handle the fish gently and keep it in the water as much as possible. If possible, unhook the fish without lifting it from the water.

Don’t drop the fish in the boat or on the shore.

Fish bruise easily and the damage to their internal organs can be fatal.

When lifting the fish from the water for a photograph or just to admire it, especially larger ones, lift them from the water with both hands to evenly support the fish’s weight.
Use pliers to remove hooks.
If a hook is deeply embedded, cut the line. Fish have strong digestive acids that will dissolve metal. Studies have shown fish released in this manner have a higher survival than fish which have the hooks torn from their throats or stomach.
Fish can be revived by holding them upright in the water and moving them forward slowly to force water through the gills.
Don’t release a tired fish until you are sure it can swim away on its own.
In streams, release into calm water. A tired fish placed in fast water can die by tumbling down-stream into rocks.

 

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