Fishing Leave No Trace

Educate Yourself
Know the angling regulations ( ). Regulations protect native fish populations. Learn how to recognize the different species of fish and which are legal to keep. Angling for bull trout is prohibited.

Catch & Release Angling
Do not fight a fish until it is exhausted: bring it in as quickly as possible. Wet your hands before handling the fish. If removing the hook will causeextensive damage to the fish, cut the line near the hook and leave it in place.

Avoid Spreading Non-native Plants and Animals
Washing your waders, boots, float tubes, boats and trailers between water bodies will help prevent the spread of diseases as well as the introduction of non-native plants and mollusks which can harm native fish. Never transfer live fish from one area to another.

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Stay on established trails to minimize erosion and to protect riparian vegetation.

Dispose of Waste Properly
If you pack it in… Pack it out! If you see garbage, please carry it out, too. Monofilament fishing line can tangle and kill small animals, and foam containers take many years to break down.

Minimize Camping Impacts
Build campfires and camps at least 200 feet away from the shoreline. Bring your own firewood so as not to decrease future large wood sources that provide valuable fish habitat. Douse the fire with water until it is cool enough to touch.

Help to Share the Word
If you see anyone not following the ethics mentioned above, politely spread the word that activities such as these may decrease water quality or harm fish or wildlife in the area. Often people do the wrong things only because they don’t know that their activities may be harmful.