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Catch and release fishing tips

Releasing the fish you catch can help sustain and build the population of wild fish. Here are a few tips for ensuring fish have the best chance of survival.


Use barbless hooks or flatten the barb on the hook before using a fly for the first time. This makes the hook much easier to remove and lessens the potential injury to the fish’s mouth.


Use either needle-nose pliers or forceps to gently remove the hook from the fish’s mouth.


If the fish has swallowed the hook, or if the hook is set too deeply, cut the line and release the fish. The hook will dissolve over time without harm to the fish.

If the hook is in the gills, the throat or an artery, the fish’s chances of survival are greatly reduced. If it’s legal, keep the fish. Also, if a fish is bleeding, keep it if it’s legal to do so.


Minimize the amount of time the fish is out of the water. Once the hook is removed or the line is cut, gently hold the fish in the water, pointing upstream, until it can swim away on its own.

25 Comments on Catch and release fishing tips

  1. If you dull the tips enoughf to not seriously injur the fish you wouldn`t catch any thing!!!!!

  2. i think they need to tell you how to hold the fish without its gills cutting you.

  3. my dad needs to know this !

  4. whats the easiest way to catch a fish?

    Have some one throw it at you

  5. People need to wear gloves

  6. fishing is part of survival

  7. I hope all people know this fact

  8. fishin is my favorite hobbey im down at the pond at least twice a day

  9. The last time i went fishing my great grandmother was hooked in the thumb, but i caught baby bass and a normal bass.

  10. outdoor guy 75 // June 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    Fishing is great I love to fish rivers lakes ect. sometimes its easy to get the hook out with your hand but sometimes if its hard don’t hesitate use a tool

  11. the big one // May 29, 2008 at 9:06 am // Reply

    wearing gloves can still remove the slime. so that you dont remove the slime you need wet hands. if you are affrade to touch them then wear gloves that have been soaked in water.

  12. why put the fish back keep it and eat it

  13. i like fishing i cought one two days ago

  14. I like fishing

  15. Mr. Myesterious // May 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    When you catch a fish always be gentle, and don’t hook yourself!

  16. fishin' 152 // May 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm // Reply

    Use gloves so u do not remove the slime , it is the fishes way of protecting its self from harmful parasites . If u don’t have gloves get your hands wet before handling fish please.

  17. another good way to get hold of a fish:

    use a washcloth/ something like it to grip it

  18. Fishing is FUN!

  19. wolf 2 eagle // April 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    if u’re in a lake, gently pull the fish back n forth till it swims away. and don’t toss it in the water; put it in the water gently.

  20. one who makes white smoke // April 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm // Reply

    In the title of the passage, it doesn’t say if the tips will work for all fish species or for just one species.

  21. I still think catching fish is mean 😦

  22. lok et meh // April 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    use gloves if you are holding a fish with stingers

  23. actually dont use gloves, just make your hands wet it doesnt take the fishes slime away from it

  24. If you want to now how to hold a fish without getting hurt then hold your thumb and your finger on the fishes mouth.

  25. you half to use gloves

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