Please do your part to help preserve this wonderful resource. Practice catch & release as often as possible.
Let Them Go, Let Them Grow – Catch and Release Fishing (From www.ethicalangler.com)
- Practice catch and release as often as possible. Handle fish gently and carefully during their release.
- Use a landing net and leave the fish in the water during hook removal whenever possible.
- Plan ahead for releasing fish using appropriate equipment such as a de-hooking tool, forceps or long-nosed pliers.
- If you must have the fish out of the water, return it as soon as possible. The less a fish is handled and the quicker it’s released the better chance it has for survival.
- Taking photos of your catch is one way to preserve the memory but remember, the longer the fish is out of the water, the more stress it has to endure. Have your camera ready! Take a quick picture and return the fish promptly, or consider photographing the fish in the water. (more catch and release tips & tactics)
Please Consider Selective Harvest
- What is Selective Harvest? The basics of Selective Harvest is keeping the medium sized fish and releasing the really small and larger fish to continue to grow. In many cases, selective harvesting requires some knowledge of the water and the species you are fishing. This knowledge will allow you to selectively take fish of appropriate size when it will improve a fishery, and release other fish that will help sustain or improve the fishery.
- If you wish to keep fish, harvest only what you can consume in a reasonable amount of time. Freezer burned fish are almost always discarded and result in a waste of our resources. Limit what you keep, don't always keep your limit.
- If you decide to harvest a fish, dispatch of it quickly with a sharp blow to the head. Also cut a gill so that it bleeds out quickly.
- If you land a trophy fish, take a picture and release it. Beautiful and very life-like fiberglass mounts can be made from photos. (more selective harvest tips and tactics)