Historically, fishermen took pride in standing near a stream, casting their lines and catching a sizeable trout to take home for a family dinner later that evening. This has been a tradition dating back to our ancestor’s. However, in more recent years, natural resources are increasingly more limited to humans, therefore keeping fish catches is no longer acceptable with respect to the sustainability of aquatic life. With declining numbers of fish living in global rivers from factors such as water pollution and environmental destruction, much effort is put towards preservation. This is the case here in Jackson Hole as we value the importance of environmental conservation locally, and we have implemented the catch and release system to our fishing policies.
Our rivers hold a healthy population of a high diversity of fish species, including the favored trout. The large scale of fish available does not require re-stocking of waters. In order to maintain an environment of high-quality fish populations, the catch and release system is a necessity in Jackson Hole, particularly in the high traffic areas of the Snake River and Green River. The catch and release process allows for the fish population in rivers to increase as opposed to the traditional decrease. The excitement of fishing is not at all hindered by this system as visitors have the satisfaction of returning fish with the understanding that they are supporting and contributing to the future generations of fish for many others to enjoy. Visitors can expect an environment of tranquility offered by the local rivers with clear blue waters, holding not only wild trout but many different types of fish. There is also an opportunity to hold your caught fish with pride for a truly fantastic experience.