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Tips for catch and release

July 22, 2004

Catch-and-release guidelines for anglers include:

  • Grasp fish by lower jaw only, holding them vertically. Support large fish with a wet hand under the belly.

  • Use soft, knotless nylon or rubber landing nets.

  • Remove hooks quickly with as little tissue damage as possible.

  • Remove deep hooks carefully. When attempts fail, cut line five or six inches above the hook. This will allow fish to feed effectively once released.

  • Don't keep fish out of water longer than you can hold your breath.


- Source: West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, www.wvdnr.gov

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