The need for a varied angling experience on reasonably accessible lakes has increased with the steadily increasing number of anglers in British Columbia. One way to vary the angling experience is through special regulations, such as reduced kill limits, seasonal closures and gear restrictions on some lakes. An example is the "trophy fishery" where generally there is a daily kill limit of two fish, icefishing closure and fishing is restricted to artificial flies. These regulations are intended to increase both the catch per unit effort and the size of fish. Rainbow trout may be caught and released several times before reaching trophy size, so hooking mortality may be a major factor in the success or failure of trophy fisheries. This report presents the results of experiments that were conducted to assess hooking mortality of fly-caught Duncan River and Mission Creek rainbow trout.
Facchin, A.. 1983. Hooking Mortality of Fly-caught Duncan River Rainbow Trout (Salmo gairdneri) in Harper Lake British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. Fisheries Technical Circular. FTC58
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: rainbow trout, Duncan River, Mission Creek, angling, mortality, sport, fishery, trophy
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
English Name: Rainbow Trout
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