Re: Catch or release
In my PERSONAL oppinion, the stocker trout are there for that very reason. They are non-native fish supplied by the government for sport fishing opportunity and for people to eat. That is why they stock several times a year, to ensure the availability of this man made rescource. While I personally choose to release 99% of the fish I catch, I see nothing wrong with keeping a limit either. Ethicly I think that it is up to each one of us to determine for ourselves what number and how often we decide to keep fish. If we all keep a limit every time we go, then the fishing gets harder and harder and it becomes harder to perpetuate the sport, and eventually there will be no more fish in our waters. Also the type and season of the fish is a big factor on what to never keep, pulling bass of their spawning beds in the spring, or brown trout during the fall spawn etc. is considered by most to be of the most severe ethics violation.
In general, keep only what you plan to consume that night, (except post spawn salmon), return lunkers with desireable genetics, and don't keep fish caught during their spawn and you should be pretty much okay without offending anyone on here, then again, there is always that one guy....
just my $.02
You can teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a day.
But, if you teach a man to fish, he'll always be late for supper...