Opening day on the 2016 season. Read the tips below on how to ensure the safe release of your salmon.
How to Safely Release a Salmon
The best method of releasing a salmon is to leave it in the water and touch nothing but the hook with
fingers or pliers. Whatever the method, care combined with speed, will give the fish the best chance of survival. Lee Wulff, Atlantic Salmon
Journal Winter 1964/65.
• Use barbless or pinched hooks
• Retrieve your fish quickly; release it immediately • Keep
the fish in the water • Use rubber or knotless cotton net, if one
must be used • Cut the leader if necessary • Remove the
hook carefully • Hold the fish gently in natural swimming position,
facing upstream until it revives • Don't pump the fish. That is,
don't move the fish back and forth in the water.
How should hooks
Very carefully. In quiet water, bring the
wild salmon quickly within reach. Leaving the salmon in water and without
squeezing it, remove the hook carefully with pliers or thumb and forefinger.
If a net must be used, it should be rubber or knotless cotton. If necessary,
cut the leader near the fly and spare the fish.
The Science of
Live Release Peer-reviewed science supports live release as a proven
and effective conservation tool. Dr Fred Whoriskey, ASF Vice-President,
Research & Environment.
Live Release Salmon.
Use a Digital
camera or phone: make settings on the camera before you begin fishing or use a point
and shoot film camera. Give it to your partner before the angling
Whether a digital camera or a film camera, tell your
partner to fill the frame, and take several images and allow
the Fish to Continue its Spawning Run.
Support the salmon underwater in a natural position facing the current, handling it as little as possible. Give it time to recover, and release the fish.
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