Originally Posted by maccadon3000
So if you're able to not handle a fish and remove the hook, especially on trout, which can be considered a "fragile" species, all the better.
How can a fish be considered "fragile" that encounters predators, lives naturally in many places, and exists wonderfully in their natural environment?
I've caught rainbow trout in the same waters that barges travel. I've caught rainbow trout in the same waters that muskies, catfish, and carp share. I've caught the same trout while targeting smallmouth bass (in the same water) in the middle of the summer...and they seemed fine.
Man's greatest impact to trout would be pollution. Trout have done a fantastic job before people started changing their environment.
If trout are considered "fragile", then why do we bother with them? There are plenty of other fish to pursue.