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Questions about catch-and-release in heat

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Some fishing experts are worried how anglers' catch-and-release practice will affect Vermont's trout population when water temperatures are high during the summer months. They say when you hook a trout on a hot day it's better to keep it. Throwing it back into the warm water stresses the trout's gill capacity and the fish will likely die anyway.

But not everyone agrees.

"It's probably pretty sound advice for people who are out there trying to make a commercial living off the fishery. But for us and for most Vermonters, these are put and take fisheries. The greatest threat doesn't come from anglers, it comes from encroachments on habitats and water pollution issues," said James Ehlers of Lake Champlain International.

Lake Champlain International, an environmental advocacy group, says completely avoiding Vermont's rivers and streams in the summer is an overreaction.

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