Warm Weather C&R


Most of the dedicated C&R folks here are aware of the following but we always have new members showing up so it doesn't hurt to bring it up again. This bit came from the weekly ODF&W e-newsletter they send to those signed up to receive it.

Practice good catch-and-release techniques in late summer conditions
When water conditions are low, clear and warm, like they are now, be sure to practice good catch-and-release techniques when releasing fish.
  • Fish early in the day when water and air temperatures are at their coolest.
  • Land fish quickly. Playing a fish too long reduces its chances to recover.
  • Keep the fish in the water while landing and releasing it.
  • If you can’t remove the hook easily, cut the leader near the hook, which will eventually dissolve.
  • Revive the fish in moving water before releasing it.


In C&R required fisheries in Oregon, the hooks must be barbless so that is a given.

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