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Catch and release

More and more anglers choose to use catch and release methods since we nowadays mostly fish for the experience and not fish for food. Whichever method you use, it is important to know how to handle fish that must be released. In certain cases you are obligated to release the fish. Research has shown a high survival rate for released fish, if the release is carried out properly.

This is how to do it

Reel in the fish to a suitable spot by the waterfront. Try to land it as quickly as possible, the fight stresses the fish. Do not hold the fish up in the air. Remove the hook while keeping the fish in the water, touch the fish as little as possible and wet your hands before touching it. The salmon’s mucos are sensitive, especially in the beginning of the season. Do not weigh the fish. Estimate the length and calculate the weight by using a length and weight table.

Before releasing the fish, hold it still in the water with its nose facing upstream in order to circulate oxygen through its gills. Gently release the fish when it has recovered its strength. Always keep necessary tools at hand. A long reach pliers is often necessary and a big grained hoop-net facilitates the task. If you already from the beginning plan to release the fish, we recommend that you use barbless hooks or de-barbed hooks. Do not use treble hooks. Reporting is mandatory even for released catch.

You must release in the following cases:

  • If you catch a salmon or trout that is smaller than the minimum dimension; 45 cm between the nose and the tip of the caudal fin.
  • If you catch a salmon that has alread spawned (kelt).
  • If the fish was improperly hookes, that is, hooked in places other than mouth or throat.
  • If you catch a salmon or trout that is bigger than 75 cm during the month of September.

We recommend you to reIease in the following cases:

  • If you catch salmon that is ready for spawning during the month of September, especially females ready for spawning.
  • If you do not have the opportunity to take care of the catch.
  • If you want to continue fishing, but have reached your catch quota; two salmon/trout a day or three salmon during the period April 1st – June 30th.

Never release in the following cases:

  • If you catch a salmon with a cut adipose fin or nose mark.
  • If rules allow the catch (it holds the minimum dimension, has not spawned) but the fish is in such a bad condition that it will probably not make it, for example, it is bleeding from the gills or it cannot regain its trength after the fight.
  • If you catch a rainbow trout, coho salmon or hybrid.

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