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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Short Term Mortality of Hickory Shad

“An Evaluation of the Short Term Mortality Rate of Hickory Shad, Alosa mediocris, Caught and Released by Fly Fishermen in Deer Creek, Maryland.” by  Rudolph Lukacovic INTRODUCTION American shad Alosa sapidissima and hickory shad Alosa mediocris have been protected in Maryland since 1980 and 1981, respectively, by a moratorium (Markham et al. 1994).    American shad...

White Perch C&R Mortality

Note:  The following article was written in 1998 by Maryland DNR Fisheries Biologist Rudy Lukacovic.  He condensed the paper in March 2011 for Careful Catch readers.  The regulations cited were those in effect during the time of the original publication and are not current.  For current fishing regulations visit the Maryland DNR fishing regulations website....

Yellow Perch C&R Mortality – Update

Note:  The following article was written in 2002 by Maryland DNR Fisheries Biologist Rudy Lukacovic and condensed in March 2011 for Careful Catch readers by the author.  The regulations cited were those in effect during the time of the original publication and are not current.  For current fishing regulations visit the Maryland DNR fishing regulations...

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...