Catch & release fishing has proven to be a valuable conservation tool, but the effectiveness is diminished if fish do not survive after being released. By adopting just a few simple habits, recreational anglers can increase the chances that the fish they catch and release will survive.
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Learn New Techniques

Learn New Techniques

Catch & Release is an efffective and fun way to conserve fish. Here are some good techniques to increase survival in the fish you release.
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Learn the Science

Learn more about the science behind the latest catch & release techniques.
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Become a Partner

Take the Careful Catch pledge and join the effort to preserve fishing for future generations.
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Join The Discussion

Participate in conservation discussions with the experts and share your ideas for careful catch and release.
Strive for 100% Survival of All Released Fish

Strive for 100% Survival of All Released Fish

Catch & Release is an efffective and fun way to conserve fish. Here are some good techniques to increase survival in the fish you release.

DNR Regulations for Spring Catch & Release Season

Maryland DNR has announced regulations for the spring catch & release fishing: The regulation will place the following restrictions on recreational angling in all open striped bass catch and release areas during the period of March 1st through the 3rd Friday of April. Prohibits the use of stinger hooks; Requires barbless hooks to be used...

CCA Maryland Launches CarefulCatch.com

The Maryland chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association has launched a new website titled carefulcatch.com. The purpose of the website is to promote careful handling and proper catch and release of fish caught in the state of Maryland. It is produced in cooperation with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and represents the combined efforts of fishermen,...