Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. Around 49 million Americans (of all ages) participated in freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing.
Since 1952, there has been an increase in the number of people participating in Catch and Release fishing in the USA. Angler fish for fun rather than for food. After capturing the fish they unhook and return the fish to the water. Recreational fishing is intended as a technique of conservation.
Catch and Release improves native fish population by allowing more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem. Releasing native fish caught while in a National Park will help to ensure that enjoyment of this recreational opportunity will last for generations to come.
In the picture above, an angler holding a rainbow trout fish. The fish was later released into the water. Trout fish like these are important indicator of high water quality. The state of New Jersey has surprisingly abundance and variety of self-sustaining wild trout populations. Population of wild trout inhabit nearly 1000 miles of streams located in small, upland streams in the northern tier of the state.
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