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Young angler catches, releases Idaho brookie record

Henry’s Lake near Island Park, Idaho, upheld its reputation for producing big trout last month as ice fisherman Kazen Cromar, age 10, caught a 22 inch brook trout to set a state catch-and-release fishing record.

Catch-and-release fishing tips offered by Montana

FISHING -- Most western states have a take on rules and ethics involved in catching and releasing fish, especially trout. Idaho and Washington are among them. With Montana's general stream fishing season opening Saturday, the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department has released a...

Landers: Holding wild steelhead out of water viewed differently in Idaho, Washington

Idaho and Washington have conflicting state laws that demonstrate how people separated by a border – even fishermen and biologists – can be ruled by opposing beliefs. Anglers continue to be confused and conflicted about the differing fishing regulations, especially the stands the two states take on handling wild steelhead and salmon.

Anglers, scientists team to save fish that get ‘the bends’

FISHING -- Anglers and scientists are promoting a descending device that saves fish that are released after being hooked in deep water and reeled up to the surface. Anglers have winced at the bulging eyes and swim bladder protruding from the mouth of fish caught...

Proposal would curb catch-and-release steelheading

Steelhead anglers in southeastern Washington could be required to keep all hatchery steelhead they catch, including from the Grande Ronde River, if a proposed rule is adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting comment on a package of proposed rule changes for recreational fishing. The retention requirement is designed to reduce the number of hatchery fish that would compete on spawning areas with wild steelhead.

Hook removal tool eases releases

A lightweight tool that makes it a snap to release fish caught with a barbless hook is being produced by members of a Spokane fly fishing club who say it could save countless fish in catch-and-release waters. The Runje Releaser, designed in the 1980s by the late Mike Runje, became standard equipment on the float tubes and pontoons of many Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club members.