Lifting wild fish

#2
Don't know - if you're fishing in a kill fishery - can you hold the fish out of the water??
If that was a Snyder fish - then it is a hatchery fish - they clip a different fin
 
#3
I don't see anything in the rules about not lifting them out of the water in the rivers he mentions. Clarki, what page are you looking at?
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#4
Unless you know the date the photo was taken there is nothing that can be considered illegal. All of those pictures could have been taken before the rule of removing fish from water was implemented.
 

Chris Bellows

Your Preferred WFF Poster
#6
Here it is straight from WDFW
“It is unlawful to totally remove salmon, steelhead, or Dolly Varden/Bull Trout from the water if it is unlawful to retain those fish, or if the angler subsequently releases the salmon, steelhead, Dolly Varden/Bull Trout.”
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#7
Any steelhead that will be released (even if legal to kill) must be kept in the water. This applies to both wild and hatchery steelhead on all waters.
 
#8
Here it is straight from WDFW
“It is unlawful to totally remove salmon, steelhead, or Dolly Varden/Bull Trout from the water if it is unlawful to retain those fish, or if the angler subsequently releases the salmon, steelhead, Dolly Varden/Bull Trout.”
Thanks Chris. I eventually found that passage in the rules pamphlet. It's frustrating that it's listed under the fish handling section and not in the special rules for freshwater Steelhead.
 

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#11
I don't know about that one, there are lots of guides out there and if I ever did want to pay someone to put me into fish I wouldn't pick the guy with the dry hero shots of native fish. I guess that doesn't matter to most of the clients out there looking to pay their way to catching steel. I would much rather go with someone thats a little more respectful of the wild stock.
 

gearhead

Active Member
#12
i agree lifting a wildfish out of the water for a quick picture is certainly disrespectful, not nearly as much of course as ripping a fish from its place in a pool or tailwater, stressing it to high heaven, and playing it twice as long as need be...jus sayin':)
 

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#13
i agree lifting a wildfish out of the water for a quick picture is certainly disrespectful, not nearly as much of course as ripping a fish from its place in a pool or tailwater, stressing it to high heaven, and playing it twice as long as need be...jus sayin':)
At least it has oxygen when in the water;)
 

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