Catch & Release
 

Guidelines for live release of Atlantic salmon

 

 

  Fishing tackle

 

· Use barbless hooks, or hooks with the

 barbs pinched (picture no 1).
· Rather use small hooks.
· Do not use stainless steel hooks.
· Avoid using trebles they can cause unnecessary damage to the fish.
· Use good and strong fishing tackle to be able to bring the fish in quickly. Try to avoid overtiring the fish.
· Always use knotless mesh landing nets. Landing nets with knots can cause damage on eyes, gills, fins, mucus and scales (pic no 2).

                                           

                                                                     Pic.1 Barbs pinched

 


 

 Handling of fish 

 

· Avoid to take the fish out of the water.
· Take extra care with bright fish, it is more sensitive than fish that has spent  some time in the river.
· To minimize handling rather measure the length of the fish than weight. Length provides a good indication of weight (see table below).
· Do not use gloves or any other material to get a “good grip” on the fish

 

 

 

 

 Pic 2 Landing nets

 

· Do not let fish flop about in shallow water
      or on the ground.
· Never take the fish up on the tail (pic no. 3)
· If a fish needs to be moved, then 
gently hold with one hand around the tail and the other hand under the middle of the fish (pic no.5)

 

 

 

 

                                             

                                               Pic.3 Never take the fish up on the tail

 



Removing the hook

 

· It is helpful to carry long nose pliers to remove the hook (pic 4).
· Always remove the hook, keeping the fish underwater.
· It can be helpful to cut the line first to make the work go faster and easier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pic. 4 Long nose pliers 

 


  

Releasing the fish

 

 

· When fish is released it is important to keep the fish facing the current.
· If the fish is to be tagged, always keep the tagging equipment and the tags ready at hand so tagging can be done as quickly as possible.
· Use only tagging equipment and tags permitted in the river(Pic 6). 

 

                                               Pic.5 Releasing the fish

 

 


   · Write tag numbers and fish size

      in the logbooks.
   · All catch must be recorded in logbooks. 

 

 

 

 

  Pic 6 Floy tag                                                                 

 


Do not release fish if it bleeds from the gills

or the fish has been wounded

 



The releationship between length and weight of salmon.

 

 

Length   

(cm)

Weight(kg)

Length(cm)

Weight(kg)

Length (cm)

Weight    

 (kg)

40

0,7

65

3,0

90

7,4

41

0,8

66

3,1

91

7,7

42

0,9

67

3,2

92

7,9

43

0,9

68

3,4

93

8,1

44

1,0

69

3,5

94

8,4

45

1,0

70

3,6

95

8,7

46

1,1

71

3,8

96

8,9

47

1,2

72

4,0

97

9,2

48

1,3

73

4,1

98

9,4

49

1,3

74

4,3

99

9,7

50

1,4

75

4,4

100

10,0

51

1,5

76

4,6

101

10,3

52

1,6

77

4,8

102

10,6

53

1,7

78

5,0

103

10,9

54

1,8

79

5,1

104

11,2

55

1,8

80

5,3

105

11,5

56

1,9

81

5,5

106

11,8

57

2,0

82

5,7

107

12,1

58

2,1

83

5,9

108

12,4

59

2,2

84

6,1

109

12,8

60

2,4

85

6,3

110

13,1

61

2,5

86

6,5

111

13,4

62

2,6

87

6,7

112

13,8

63

2,7

88

7,0

113

14,1

64

2,8

89

7,2

114

14,5


 

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