Catch and Release vs Keep - Colorado Fishing Forum

View Poll Results: What is your feeling on C&R vs. keep
Strongly C&R only 9 13.85%
C&R where regulations apply 3 4.62%
C&R but keep sometimes 45 69.23%
Catch and keep always 0 0%
mostly always keep 8 12.31%
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Old 02-28-2006, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have seen various opinions regarding catch and release and was curious what the majority of people think on the subject. I think folks are entitled to their own rights either direction and don't feel anyone needs to push their beliefs on anyone also.
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I voted catch and keep sometimes. It really all depends on the fishery and what I think it can handle. I harvest very selectively. Mostly small fish, trout no bigger than 16" and mostly stocked ones feeding on crawdads or scuds, pike no bigger than 24" (depends on the fishery if I will keep any at all), and catfish no bigger than 3# (after 3# they get too fat and the meat is very soft and disgusting). I release all bass. I keep all walleye I catch at juniata, but will throw all back at rifle. I throw back any bull bluegill or green sunfish anywhere. I harvest most of the yellow perch I catch, as with crappie, until my limit is filled (and since the west slope has no limit for yellows, that is never). I LOVE eating fish, but it really depends on the fishery.
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I voted Catch and Keep Sometimes - that "sometimes" is very rare though!

What he said. Ill keep maybe 10 a year. and thats alot for me. I think it really help s the lake to throw back the big ones. If im going to keep anything it will be alittle over small size. I caught a 10.5lb walleye about 10yrs ago and to this day I wish I would have let her go.


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I voted Catch and Keep Sometimes - that "sometimes" is very rare though!
I do the same as Ken: "Catch and Keep Rarely".
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ditto catch and keep rarely. nothing over 16"
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You should add 'mostly always keep'


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Old 02-28-2006, 04:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I usually on keep fish if I'm camping or flat broke and need to eat. :P

So I would say 90% Catch and Release.



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Old 02-28-2006, 05:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Catch and keep sometimes... My keep to release ratio stays about half and half with a little flux, depending on species of fish or location where I fish.

I love eating fish. I don't mind going through the trouble of scaling and cleaning, however, I am quite selective. I'll throw back all smallmouth and largemout bass. I'll keep trout of good fillet size, but I rarely encounter them. I love brookies and I'll take advantage of the limit as long ast they're in the 6 to 8 inch range, given the chance (note I take a brook trout trip only about twice a year). Not a fan of stocker trout so I'll release all of them at times unless I've got someone, usually an elderly, who wants them. The species I fish for to eat are mainly crappie, wiper and walleye. Though I do target those, I rarely ever fish for them exclusively. Wiper, on the other hand, I'll fish for them quite often. I'll get to eat maybe 10 crappie at the most each year (just in spring). Same goes for wiper. Walleye, if I'm lucky, I'll get to eat maybe 5. Catfish are another species that I like to eat, but I only like eating big ice off cats that I catch in late March to early April. After that, I don't even bother fishin for them. Don't fish for bluegill much or at all and never ever catch any worthy of keeping. Perch, I'll keep if they look like those from Aurora but how often do you come across that? Perch in the under 10" size along w/my crappie go back to the lake for more growing. I'm picky with the eating size of my panfish.


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Old 02-28-2006, 07:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We catch and release most of our fish, but there is not an option for that. Whether we catch and release or keep depends on a lot of different variables.

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Didn't keep a single fish last year, nor, the year before. Almost kept a rainbow last year but she gained her strength back and finally swam off strong.

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