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...

Striped Bass Catch-and-Release Mortality Study

Note:  The following article was condensed for Careful Catch readers in April 2011 by Maryland DNR Fisheries Biologist Rudy Lukacovic.  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. Mortality Rate of Striped Bass Caught...

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 Biologists Provide Guidance on Releasing Yellow Perch

Reprinted with permission from Chesapeakelighttackle.com To fizz or not to fizz, that is the question a lot of yellow perch fishermen have been asking lately. As you can see by this sonar shot, yellow perch can hold in a wide range of depths this time of year in the Chesapeake Bay. At issue is that a few...

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,...