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Your Catch Of The Day Could Be Your Catch Next Week: Angler's Interactions With The Trout Populations Of Northeast Colorado, Melissa Merritt Jan 2018

Your Catch Of The Day Could Be Your Catch Next Week: Angler's Interactions With The Trout Populations Of Northeast Colorado, Melissa Merritt

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This research project is an analysis of catch-and-release fishing near Boulder, Colorado. Catch-and-release is a conservation practice, common among anglers, which requires anglers to return fish to the water after capture with no harm done or as little harm as possible. This study focuses on voluntary catch-and-release during fly fishing. The first research question is: What are the conservation effects of catch-and-release angling on healthy trout populations? The methods employed to answer this question involved reviewing past literature and studies on catch-and-release for various trout populations. This review showed that there are remarkable inconsistencies in research methods and results. Further ...