Being a Good Fisherman – Conservation

Fishing offers a way for outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy nature while providing food for themselves and their families. Depending on what area of the country you are from there are several fishing options open to new and old anglers alike. Pan fishing, saltwater, freshwater and fly-fishing are some of the most popular fishing styles among modern anglers. There are a few tips that anglers should know regardless of how long they have been enjoying the outdoor sport of fishing. These tips are designed to help the angler enjoy their hobby while still keeping an eye on good fishing practices for conservation.

Switch Fishing Spots

A leading concern for many fisheries is the practice of overfishing. Overfishing a certain area can cause a complete depletion of natural fish life within that lake, river or bay. In fact, this problem has become such a concern for many wildlife departments that public fishing areas have started opening their fishing areas on a schedule. Anglers are allowed to use the fishing area only on certain days, for certain months or certain time slots to prevent an overfishing issue. If your area does not have any rules in place for overfishing then a good rule of thumb is to rotate your fishing spots every week or every other week.

Educate Yourself on Your Catch

One of the biggest mistakes that many new anglers make is to pick a fish type and start fishing without any education on the fish itself. Different fish require different bait, tactics and even timing. Most anglers already know that. However, what some do not consider is that the bait or method used to catch one type of fish may in fact be harmful to another type that is in the same waters as the chosen catch of the day. With that in mind, it is a good rule of thumb to look up the fish you have your eye on and make sure that the lures, bait or nets will not harmfully affect other fish in the surrounding area.

Gather all your Supplies

Before and after you go fishing it is always a good idea to gather up any supplies, gear or tools that you use for your fishing trip. It makes sense to take only the supplies you will need fishing but many anglers may forget to gather up supplies when leaving the fishing area. Leaving behind hooks, lures and tangled fishing line may result in the area wildlife being harmed. It may also result in another individual being harmed or even a child being harmed. Make sure that you bring a trash container like an old coffee can with a lid or some other re-sealable container for lures, tangled line and hooks. This will keep the fishing are clean of debris, animals out of harms way and harmful items being left behind that may cause injury for other anglers and their families.


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