Catch and Release…Hmmm! Maybe it does work.
Although there is a lot of controversy regarding the handling of fish, one thing for sure is we should all do our best to treat them well. Whether we believe the fish will survive or not, being careless will only make it more likely the catch and release process will be unsuccessful.
A recent example of success was noted by The Silver Bow when Sean Visintainer noticed that a recently caught brown trout had the same spotting as one caught along the same stretch of the Spokane River two years previously. The trout was visibly bigger and very healthy, causing us to believe that, at least for this fish, the process worked.