When landing a trout, the best release is to grip the fly, twist, and let the fish go. Overstressing the fish is a major cause of harm. Furthermore, handle the fish with caution and avoid grabbing the fish by the mouth or gills.
The best way to hold a trout while cleaning it is to use clean hands. If the trout has been injured during handling, however, it should not be cleaned until after it has been treated for its injury.
Cleaning a trout involves removing scales, other skin particles, and entrails using a brush or knife. The head and tail should be removed before cleaning the fish. Cleaning a trout will reveal its sex: if the trout is a female she will have red, pink, or white flesh; if it is a male his flesh will be orange or yellow.
After cleaning, cut off the fins and set them aside for later use (see Finning for instructions). Then, wash the fish thoroughly inside and out with cold water and dry it completely with a paper towel. Do not use soap since it will cause further irritation to an already injured fish. Finally, wrap the trout in plastic wrap or place it in a sealed bag and freeze it for up to one month. When ready to eat, thaw the fish at room temperature.
6 Tips for Handling Trout Correctly
Never touch the gills of a fish. They are exceedingly sensitive, and even the slightest contact might harm them. A Death Grip is almost certain to damage or kill the fish. Never spawn a trout on dry land. It will remove slime and expose the fish to fungus and bacteria that can kill it.
Fish die from two causes: exposure to air outside of their protective covering (skin) and lack of oxygen in their blood. If they're not exposed to air, they cannot die of oxygen deprivation. If they're not breathing, they cannot die of air pollution either. Only if they are both exposed to air and don't get enough oxygen will they die.
Fish skin is very thin and vulnerable to heat and cold. Cold-blooded animals can withstand lower temperatures than warm-blooded animals because their bodies produce their own heat. But regardless of how much self-generated heat they have, all fish must escape heat by being near water or other fish. This is why fish tend to appear in large numbers in lakes and oceans; there's plenty of room for everyone to swim around in cool waters that keep them comfortable in the summer and winter temperatures we see during different times of the year.
Warm-blooded animals need oxygen to breathe. Fish breathe through their fins instead of their lungs. This means they get oxygen directly from the water they live in.
Instead, cup your hands beneath the fish's main body and control the tail (at the base) if the fish is bigger. Never crush the fish as this may cause internal organs or fins to be damaged.
Trout are a very sensitive species and should be treated with respect. If you do not intend to eat the trout immediately, then please release it back into the water alive. This will allow it time to recover from its ordeal and give it a chance of survival.
Trout will not perish if they come into contact with the earth. However, you should avoid allowing the trout to come into contact with the ground since they can damage themselves. If a trout contacts the ground, its gills might become clogged with dirt and debris, resulting in suffocation and death.
Trout dries rapidly. You should avoid contacting them with your bare hands. Wet your hand beforehand if you must contact the fish. A dry hand touching a fish destroys its protective mucus covering. You will know that the fish is dead because it will no longer move its head or fight back.
It is illegal to catch trout in the United States without a license. However, because trout are native to the United States, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you are not caught then you should be able to go about your business without any problems. Of course, if police think that you were trying to catch trout illegally, they may give you a ticket. In this case, you will have to appear in court and explain yourself.
Trout are very popular in America's heartland where people like to fish for themselves or hire others to do it for them. If you travel around the country then you will most likely see people out fishing with their hands - many of them women. They are not doing anything wrong unless law enforcement tells them otherwise.
In conclusion, yes, you can touch trout if you don't hurt them. They cannot feel pain so there is no need to worry about them being injured while being handled by strangers.
5th. A landing net Because you'll be landing them on light line, a landing net is more vital for trout fishing than when fishing for other species. Trout's skin is more sensitive than that of many other species, and a proper net will protect their slime coat, allowing them to swim away unscathed.
6th. Floatant To keep your line from tangling while you fish in shallow water or near your home base.
7th. Lures/Tricks/Catch-and-Release Fishing Do you need a net to catch trout? No, but it helps! Trout are very wary of humans and often won't approach a boat unless forced to do so. This makes them difficult to catch without help from a net or some other means. A well-made net can be useful for capturing trout in areas where they don't want to be caught, like beside rocks or in brush.
8th. Retrieving nets/reels For larger trout, a larger net or creel is necessary to avoid losing any fish. For example, a fisherman might use a 500-foot net to capture trout up to 14 pounds, but would need a 1,000-foot net to catch larger trout.
9th. Sightings Logs/Diaries Many lakes and ponds require a permit system for fishing, so make sure you know what type of regulation is required for the area you're fishing.