Q: Our twitter follower @JohnnyWieringa asks if he can take a photo of a fish that is accidentally caught out of season even if it’s released afterward?
A: No. Any fish that is caught when the season for that species of fish is closed must be immediately returned to the water. Keeping the fish out of the water to take a photograph, weigh or measure it is not necessary and may reduce the likelihood of survival for the fish. This long-standing rule applies whether the fish is caught during the closed season, is of a restricted size, or is caught by gear which is illegal for that species of fish.
Provincial Enforcement Specialist,
Ministry of Natural Resources