Connecticut Fisheries Catch and Release Tips

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Connecticut Fisheries Catch and Release Tips
Poor technique often leads to delayed mortality even if the fish seems fine when it swims away. What you do in those first few moments after landing the fish makes a huge difference.
Fishing in our rivers and streams is near ideal right now, plenty of stocked fish, good flows and slowly warming water temperatures.
We would like to take a minute to remind anglers that if you are planning to release the fish you catch, please take the time and effort to make sure that the fish will live on for another day.
– consider changing from treble hooks to a single hook
– consider pinching down the barbs on your hooks
– keep the fish in the water when removing the hook
– wet your hands prior to holding the fish
– if taking a photo, be ready in advance and be quick
– do not lay the fish on the bank, pavement, or other structures
– if the hook is deeply set, snip the line as close to the hook as possible and release
– for photos of large fish, hold them horizontal not vertical (causes organ damage)