DNR video offers catch-and-release tips for large fish

Apr. 3—ST. PAUL — A video from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources aims to educate anglers about how to properly catch and release large fish.

Being properly equipped and understanding how to handle a large fish is critical to enhancing the fish's chances for survival after release. The video covers having the proper equipment for large fish, minimizing the time the fish is out of the water, protecting the fish's slime coating, holding the large fish horizontally to support the fish's body and releasing the fish properly.

The flathead catfish fishing season began April 1. Additionally, seasons are around the corner for other large fish like lake sturgeon, muskellunge, northern pike, steelhead and others.

The video can be found on the Minnesota DNR's

catch and release webpage