Catch and Release:
The practice of catching and releasing a fish is totally up to your discretion. Keeping 5 fish a day per person and 10 fish overall per trip is the limit at HiHium Lake, and anglers are often left with the dilemma of deciding which fish to keep. Anglers must also keep in mind that only one of these fish is permitted to be over 50cm in length! Generally, anglers will release both smaller fish and spawners back into the water. Some anglers release everything altogether! Spawners, especially females, have considerably less edible meat as their body cavities become filled with eggs. With less meat, spawners typically don’t smoke as well, and the meat that they do have is soft. It takes a season for spawners to clear up, but we guarantee that they’ll come back next year with a vengeance.
Smaller fish tend to not be angler wise and will strike indiscriminately at any opportunity to eat. However, by releasing smaller fish, we relieve pressure on the lake’s natural population and give them a chance to grow to a larger size. A fish released one year may come back in a few as a great 6 pounder on your wall!