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
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
Fish can be revived by holding them
upright in the water and moving them
forward slowly to force water through
Don’t release a tired fish until
you are sure it can swim away on its
In streams, release into calm water.
A tired fish placed in fast water can
die by tumbling down-stream into rocks.