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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.

10 Comments on Catch and release fishing tips

  1. fishing is part of survival

  2. I hope all people know this fact

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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. i like fishing i cought one two days ago

  9. I like fishing

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

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

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