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WHAT AND WHY PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE?

WHAT IS CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING?
It is the practice of returning fish to the water quickly and in a manner that the fish will survive to battle another angler another day.

WHY SHOULD ANGLERS PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE?
Fishing in any state is different than 30 years ago. The number of anglers increased dramatically during this period. Advancements in fish catching technology also put pressure on the limited fish resources. As greater numbers of anglers become better fishermen, the big fish (breeders) get caught faster than the body of water can grow them. That means less big fish in the lakes and streams. The release of large fish (breeders) back to the water means the larger fish lives to breed again. Also if the fish chooses he can take another lure from another angler and provide another thrill. When anglers keep those legal fish that become wall trophies or provide a meal then the fishery resource benefits. Released fish provide an insurance policy for the body of water. Release of unwanted fish caught provides future anglers with the ability to experience quality angling.