Editors Note: I've broached the subject of catch and release above a certain size as a possible means of enabling the wild Ross Lake Rainbows to flourish and create a trophy fishery. Amongst fly fishermen catch and release is a common practice.
Congrats to those of you that caught these big fish. Remember how just a few years ago we were scratching our heads hoping to catch a 13 incher? So we would really like some feedback from many of you about implementing a voluntary program next season?
Would you provide feedback please. We want to keep this as totally transparent as possible with all of you Sportsmen getting involved with your ideas.
thanks - Paul
From Josh Runestadt
I agree with your sentiment about Ross Lake being a special place! My family used to make trips yearly when I was younger and have only just started returning (this being the second year in a row).
I am a flyfishing junkie and fish catch and release always unless I catch a hatchery Salmon or Steelhead. I would totally support Ross Lake being Catch and Release. Ross Lake could probably turn into a real trophy fishery.
I do understand campers wanting to keep a fish for the fry pan, but I do cringe a little when I hear people talking about how big and how many of those recovering wild rainbows they caught and brought home.