We Support Catch & Release Sportfishing...
Not Only Do You Get to Catch the Fish, You Also Get to Keep the Memories
As a result of the popularity of sport fishing over the past 70 to 80 years, there has been a
steadily growing trend among anglers to practice catch and release techniques. This is done as a
way to both preserve quality fishing for generations to come, and on a personal level as a way to protect our
environment and make life more sustainable.
The management at Knouff Lake Resort certainly encourages this method of sport fishing...
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
One of the most satisfying aspects of this type of fishing is being able to take the big one home in the
form of a photograph. This way it can be shared for years to come with friends and family. More and more people
are discovering fishing is much more than just taking the meat home.
In order to do this you should act quickly though as once the fish is out of water, it begins to suffocate,
so time is important. Once the hook is removed, hold the belly of the fish with one hand, and the tail with the
other. Have someone snap the picture (unless you have three hands) and release back into the water as quickly
and efficiently as possible. This ensures the fish has a much better chance at survival.
The growth and survival of trout fishing does matter to many anglers today, and non-retention is one way to
help ensure the survival of your favorite fish. This could also ensure that specific lakes or chains of lakes
and streams are not eventually closed to sportfishing. And not only that, but common sense says that allowing
the opportunity for fish to live and thrive, ensures fish will grow not only in size but in
Studies have shown in B.C. and elsewhere that the majority of trout caught and released by sports fisherman
do survive and even thrive.
Removing Hooks, Some Good Techniques to Remember
- If you know you are going to release your next catch, try not to exhaust the fish by playing with it
excessively... try to bring it in quickly and efficiently.
- For smaller trout, try unhooking it while it is still near the surface of the water with a mimimum of
handling. If it is necessary for larger trout, bring your catch onboard, remove the hook as efficiently as
possible, then release it without causing the fish unnecessary stress or damage.
- Some fish will take the bait deep inside the mouth. If this happens, it might be necessary to
cut the line and leave the hook inside. The hook will erode over time.
- When you catch your fish, in order to avoid unnecessary injury, try supporting the fish with one hand
under the belly and the other under the base of its tail. Lifting by the tail could stretch the fish's
- Remove hooks with needle nose plyers or surgical pliers to avoid unnecessary damage to the mouth. Also
remember barbless hooks cause much less damage.
- Fish can lose some scales without undo harm, but always try to hande the fish securely and be sure to
use soft mesh nets.
- In order to return the fish to the water, hold it just below the surface with the head pointed down at
an angle. Often the fish will be exhausted. If this is the case hold the fish as described by the tail
until it revives, then gently release it when it is ready to swim out of your hands. This will ensure it
sustains no more damage.
Did You Know....
- Barbless hooks are quite often more effective at hooking your fish than barbed hooks. In fact, getting
the barbless hook to set in a fishes jaw normally takes less than 50% of the force required to set the
- An easy way to get barbless hooks without buying new tackle is to simply take your favorite hooks, and
squeeze the barb with a pair of pliers to flatten it out.
- To make it easy and convenient to measure your next catch, take a few minutes to mark out the
measurements on your boat seat of floor of the boat. Another way would be to take a yardstick and
permanenly fasten it to a convenient location on your boat.
- Many people believe that if the scales on the catch are damaged, the fish is destined to die. The
reality is that scales are very important to the fish, however most can and will survive some
scale loss without harm.
- Another thing many new anglers don't realize, is that fish can bleed and still live. Providing the
loss of blood is not excessive, your catch will live live to fight another
Did You Know.... Fish Released Today Survive for Angling