Improving the quality of future fishing …

Anglers can take simple steps to improve the quality of future fishing:

(Provided by the New York DEC)

Improving the quality of future fishing …

When catch and release fishing, it’s important to practice safe and ethical fish handling to help release your fish unharmed. Follow the tips below to help ensure your fish’s survival:

  • Consider environmental conditions. Fighting a fish in warmer water can cause greater stress and the fish will exhaust itself more quickly. Anglers should use tackle appropriate to the size of the fish you are targeting to avoid long fight times.
  • Avoid treble hooks, barbs, and gaffs. Crush or file off barbs on hooks to reduce de-hooking time and damage to the fish. Do not gaff a fish unless it is legal size and you intend to keep it. Circle hooks are encouraged when fishing with bait.
  • Be prepared. Have all the necessary tools on hand before landing a fish to help reduce the time it’s out of the water during the de-hooking process. If a fish becomes gut-hooked, cut the leader as closely as possible to the hook and leave the hook in place; it will rust out after a short time.
  • Minimize the fish’s exposure to air. Keep fish in the water as much as possible. If you must handle a fish, make sure your hands are wet, hold it horizontally and firmly, and support its weight under the belly. Never hold a fish by its eyes or gills. If using a landing net, use a “knotless” net to reduce removing slime and scales from the fish.
  • Proper release. While in control of the fish, orient it headfirst into the current, then gently move the fish in a side-to-side pattern so that water flows through the mouth and over the gills. Do not let the fish go until it is able to swim strongly out of your grasp.
  • The use of non-offset circle hooks when fishing with bait is recommended. Circle hooks are designed to hook the corner of a fish’s mouth, which will make it easier to release the fish, reduce deep hooking casualties, and increase survival rates of released fish.

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Ian 22 inch Grand River Brown Trout CC
Saugeen River Steelhead October 21st 2016AAA
Fairy Lake Crayfish March 2017AAA


Guelph Lake Largemouth Bass Ultra Tungsten 12 ounce Spinnerbait AAA

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Rock Bass

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Crappie through the Ice Guelph Lake AAA

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Mooneye Fishing on the Lower Grand Rver BBB


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Coho Salmon

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Belwood Lake Conservation Area Gate BB
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area
Fly Fishing Lesson - 2 Person on the Credit River II Resized
Lake Eugenia
Ferry Lake Acton Arial
Upper Grand River at the Second Line
Guelph Lake Conservation Area Arial
Island Lake Conservation Area Orangeville Reservoir
Marden Park and Community Centre and Park Guelph Eramosa Township AA
Mountsberg Conservation Area
Puslinch Lake Little and Big
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Shades Mills Conservation Area
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Speed River Above the Hanlon Expressway
Valens Lake Conservation Area
Whiteman's Creek & Grand River Confluence
The Beaver River Thornbury River Mouth B
The Bighead River in Meaford Updtream from The Legion Hole Fall AA
The Bronte Creek or 12 Mile Creek Steelheading Upper Middle Road BBB
Credit River at Erindale Park above Dundas April 24th at 9am
Migratory - The Ganaraska River or The “Ganny” - Port Hope, Ontario
The Lower Grand River Below Caledonia Dam HH
The Nine Mile River Port Albert Ontario EEE
The Lower Maitland River
The Niagara River The Glenn BBBB
The Nottawaga River
The Sauble River at Sauble Falls BB
The Saugeen River at Denny's Dam at Summer levels.
Sixteen Mile Creek
Owen Sound Sydenham River AA
Migratory - Wilmot Creek - Clarington, Ontario

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