Use a landing net with a rubber net or no net. Always wet your hands before handling fish, mash down barbs on hooks. Return to water asap and all will be well. If the fish swallows your hook way down in its throat, cut off the line as close to the hook as possible and leave it there.I heard that the more you fondle your catch and the more of its slimy coating you disturb the less likely the fish will survive the incident. Can anyone confirm this?
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It is sad to hear anti native species sentiment from river runners...Its nice to see the trout have come back with a vengeance. Several years ago I ran it at the end of the shocking runs and I caught very few trout. Glad they gave that up.
ditto on most of the bigger side creeks holding trout. most of them are small.
There are some big ol cats in havasu if you are into that.
If you catch a chub, just be gentle and throw its ugly ass back!!