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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. oakway dept // August 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm // Reply

    what if you pay 6.50 for your fishing lure nobody would do that.

  2. mustangfisherdog2400 // August 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    fishing is fun. i have never kept a fish that i have caught, but i have only caght seven fish i think and they were all 3 – 4 inch bluegill

  3. thats cool i just getting into fishing

  4. Ghostrider13 // July 19, 2008 at 11:34 pm // Reply

    I been fishing at Lake Ontario for 3 years now and have only caught 9 fish.

  5. I think these tips are very helpful

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

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

  8. my dad needs to know this !

  9. whats the easiest way to catch a fish?

    Have some one throw it at you

  10. People need to wear gloves

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