Efforts to eradicate invasive trout in Idaho river a hard sell

Fisheries managers want to get rainbow and hybrid trout out of the South Fork of the Snake, but guides and anglers are reluctant to kill fish.

For 15 years, South Fork anglers have been able to keep unlimited numbers of rainbows and cutbows. Fisheries biologists have even implanted imperceptible $50 to $1,000 money tags into the snouts of swarms of the exotic trout to incentivize the cull. Nevertheless, the catch-and-release ethic that’s pervaded fly-fishing for decades has held on, and the South Fork’s rainbow population was able to withstand the blow of more fish ending up on anglers’ smokers and grills.

LINK (via: The Lewiston Tribune)

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