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How You Catch And Release Fish: It Matters

November 25, 2013
Author: Will Rice

Photo: Will Rice

Here is an interesting article we came across last week about catch-and-release landing practices for steelhead on the Gink and Gasoline blog.  If what these biologists found out about the vulnerability of big BC steelhead has any overlap on what can happen to trout if they are not landed and/or released properly, it makes you think a bit.  Here is an excerpt:

“Common landing practices can kill fish without the angler ever knowing. A team of biologists studying steelhead in British Columbia discovered this problem, quite by accident. These scientists were tagging steelhead with GPS trackers. They determined that the least intrusive way to capture the fish was, well, the same way we do it. With a fly rod. They landed the fish, tagged them with the GPS device and released them. When they went to their computer to track the fish’s progress they discovered something alarming...”

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Posted in Education |   1 Comments


#1. Posted by erparf on November 25, 2013

I read this at Gink and Gasoline and was struck by how it cannot just be steelies that are dying. We must pay attention to how we handle all Colorado trout if we expect to fish for more than hatchery fish in the future.

#2. Posted by Will Rice on November 26, 2013

Thanks for the comment erparf.  It certainly makes you think.

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