An ethical angler does more than just follow fishing regulations
Photo credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife
Do the right thing. When making a choice, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it legal?
- Would it be good if everyone did it?
- Would it make you proud?
Ethical anglers respect the rights of others who are fishing or using the water. Ethical behavior includes picking up your trash, collecting and properly disposing of any fishing line you find, and never dumping any pollutants, such as gasoline or oil, into the water. The ethical angler values and respects the aquatic environment and all living things in it. Never release live bait fish into the water because this can put unwanted, potentially harmful, species into the water. Carefully handle and release alive all fish you catch but do not intend to keep.