CATCH AND RELEASE TIPS
Often, fishing is for pleasure rather than for food on the table. Practicing
catch and release, by releasing fish immediately after they are caught, is a
conservation measure that contributes to fish populations, rather than decreasing
them. Following a few basic guidelines will increase the chances of a fish's
- Whenever possible, do not take the fish out of the water.
- Filing the barbs off hooks makes removal much easier.
- Never pull a hook from the fish's throat or stomach; it is better to cut the
line many hooks will rust away.
- Avoid excessive handling of fish.
- If handling is necessary, make certain not to Squeeze or drop the fish.
- Never put your fingers in the gills or eye sockets.
- Many anglers are starting to "catch on" to catch-and- release. Releasing
fish helps maintain a fishery for the future!