When practicing C & R, do it right. From ODNR... ANGLERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CATCH AND RELEASE PROPERLY Hot weather adds stress to fish AKRON, OH- With record setting temperatures happening through the month of July, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is urging anglers to practice proper catch and release tactics while they are fishing on Ohios lakes and rivers. Matt Wolfe, Fisheries Biologist for the ODNR Division of Wildlife, explains how this summers heat spell has affected the fish. With reservoir temperatures around 80 to 85 degrees, the fish are pushing the limits of their temperature tolerance. Add that to low dissolved oxygen levels and little to no water circulation, you can understand why it is so important to treat any caught fish with care. Larger fish are affected more easily by increased stressors, so it is important to treat these fish with extreme care if you are practicing catch and release. Having these fish caught later on in the year is a much better outcome than having it succumb to angling stress. Wolfe added. Anglers should practice catch and release techniques when a fish is not of legal size, is required to be released due to regulations, or will not be consumed. A hooked fish should be reeled in as quickly as possible to minimize stress. Handle your catch carefully with a wet hand or wet towel to ensure that the protective slime coat is not removed from its body. Try to minimize exposure to the air and avoid the gill area if at all possible. If the fish is hooked deeply and the hook cannot be removed easily, cut the line to release the fish. A freshwater hook will corrode in just a few days and eventually exit on its own. If a fish has been exhausted during the process, anglers are urged to revive it buy gliding the fish forward through the water. This runs fresh, oxygenated water through the gills. Tournament anglers should introduce a small amount of ice to their live well to keep the water cool and frequently circulate the water to keep oxygen at an appropriate level.