Fishing on Mattawoman Creek. Photo copyright Krista Schlyer/iLCPFishing on Mattawoman Creek.  Photo © 2010 Krista Schlyer/iLCP

Responsible Fishing

Careful anglers think about the fish they keep and the fish they release. Angling is a recreational activity done for fun and sport. One key to maintaining healthy fish populations is making sure angling is done carefully, legally, and in a way that helps them thrive.

Fishing on Mattawoman Creek. Krista Schlyer/iLCP

The Zen of 'Careful Catch'

A little TFC (tender fish-handling care) goes a long way toward preserving all species for future anglers. In this Angler's Almanac article, John Page Williams urges, "Let's Be Careful Out There."

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Tools and tackle for practicing "careful catch" technique

Planning Ahead

One key to careful angling is planning ahead. Before putting a line in the water, decide what you will keep for trophy or dinner. Have all the tools and tackle necessary for properly releasing fish.

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This fish-eye view of an angler shows a rarely seen perspective from underwater grass beds at Havre de Grace, Maryland.  Photo by Octavio Aburto/iLCP

Catch and Release

Catch-and-release fishing can be an effective way to conserve fish if certain precautions are taken. Check out these tips.

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A northern puffer fish, picked out of crab nets, expands just before it is released back into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Tangier Sound, Maryland. Photo by Karine Aigner/iLCP

Take the Anglers' Pledge

As recreational anglers, we know about tides and currents, bottom characteristics, and the best conditions of both for catching fish. We also know that pollution, loss of habitat, and overfishing reduce the numbers and health of the fish in our waterways. Show your stewardship of our waterways and fisheries-take the Anglers' Pledge.

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Photo credits: (from top) Krista Schlyer/iLCP, CBF Staff, Octavio Aburto/iLCP, Karin Aigner/iLCP

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