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Catch-and-release trout season?

June 09, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Dale Bowman is floating the idea of creating a two-week period of catch-and-release fishing for trout prior to the regular catchable trout season in Illinois.

As inspiration for the idea, Bowman cites Matt Jennings, who moved to Illinois from Texas four years ago and was stunned to see adults keeping the hatchery-raised trout, stocked each spring and fall at locations around Illinois.

‘‘There was a group of people on one spot on the ball of fish, taking them out and going back to their cars with them,’’ Jennings said. ‘‘I wasn’t going to get right in the middle of them with my boy.’‘

Jennings and Bowman would like to see the catch-and-release season opened first, then anglers who wanted could keep the stocked fish after that.

‘‘Why are we dumping them in, to pull them out in 24 hours, I don’t understand it,’’ Jennings said. ‘‘I hate the fact when I talk to somebody, it is a great idea. But there is nothing I am going to do about it because of the attitude in our state capital.’‘

Bowman said Mike Conlin, director of the Department of Natural Resource’s office of resource conservation, is open to the idea pending input from the angling public.

Click here to read Bowman’s column on the subject.

In the mean time, anglers who favor a catch-and-release period can reach Jennings at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Catchable trout will be a thing of the past after this fall. That’s my prediction! I’m betting on our Natural Resource friendly Governor to include it in his next round of DNR related cuts.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/09 at 09:17 PM

These are hatchery raised, 10-12” long rainbows. What would be the purpose of a c&r;period? These fish are too small tobe of any sporting value to anyone but a fly fisherman, and I wish them good luck catching these hatchery fish!
I don’t have a problem with a C&R;pre-season, but I don’t think it would be worthwhile. If you are a trout C&R;type of fisherman, go to Colorado or Wyoming!
Never could understand this trout stocking, always considered it a waste of DNR money.

T. Brink
Cary, Il.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/09 at 09:20 PM

I tend to agree with the last post, seems like an odd target for a sport fisherman, but to each his own.  It certainly doesn’t hurt anything.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/10 at 09:30 AM

The put and take deal does seem a little crude, but as a kid I can remember each year going with my dad and it produced a number of fond memories. The delayed harvest is a good idea; I would support it if it was proposed. As far as the second comment goes, the sporting value is there if you use gear that makes it sporting. I tend to use ultra light spinning gear and yes a fly rod as well. The second is my preferred method and if you give the fish time they begin feeding on the local forage (bugs, minnows etc.) With a delayed harvest this would become more of a possibility as the trout start to adapt to their new environment. If a 10”-12” trout is not sporting than why do people even fish for gills or crapp’s? They fight just about as much as a stocked trout does.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/10 at 09:45 AM

I hope this does not go through, a catch and release season is foolish.  All the fish die within a few weeks in the southern Illinois ponds anyway.  The good fishing last about one week.  Many of these released fish would die after poor handling.  Why waste good tablefare?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/10 at 02:40 PM

I had to check the date on the column to see if it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke! A hatchery raised fish has about a 1% chance of survival after it has the slime wiped off it’s sides. The trout program has always been a meat hunt.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/11 at 05:08 PM

The trout have no value as far as vitamins and/or omega 3 fish oil as they are feed purina fish pellets, same thind as cheap dog food, this is why there meat is white instead of the orange color it should be. Yes if we had a catch and release most of the fish will die. Either from slime loss or because they tend to swallow the hook, this will happen more often with ultra- lite equip.

Now new problem , I know all of you follow the law , but there are those who would try and keep fish during the C+R season and that means that game wardens would have to be there and we can’t afford that at this point in time. If Bowman wants he can find trout streams not far from Chicago in Wis., MINN. just to name a few. He must realy miss the trout fishing farm that was out by Golf rd. LMAO

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/12 at 02:22 PM

I agree, it is a foolish idea.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/13 at 02:09 PM

It would be pointless to have an inland rainbow trout catch and release season, due to the fact that these fish have a 75% post catch mortality rate.  This would be a trout slaughter season, and really just a way to chum the water and feed the rest of the organisms in the water bodies.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/04 at 02:24 PM

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