Severe injury and death from angling

Authors: Dubois, R, Dubielzig, R
Journal: North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24:609-.616, 2004
Year: 2004
sports fishing hooking deaths

Anglers were deployed to catch 1,087 trout on 45 fishing trips, from the Bois Brule River in Wisconsin, United States. 3.5% of the fish died. Of these, 85% died immediately, more than 90% within 24 hours.

GILL HOOKING DEATHS

When trout were hooked in the gills, over a third of them died.

OTHER HOOKING DEATHS

Death was also caused by hooking in the eye, jaws, body, and deep hooking in the mouth.

BLEEDING

Trout bled the most when fighting capture. Three quarters of the trout that died were bleeding noticeably.

SEVERE EYE INJURY

eye damage to fish from sport fishing

The eyes of 10% of the fish were seriously damaged:
  • lens rupture
  • rupture of the external wall
  • internal bleeding
  • death of retina tissue
  • total removal of the eye
It was also discovered that the cornea lost its transparency with repeated contact with nets, cooler walls, and other fish.

JAWS TORN AWAY

Jaw injuries were most commonly the tearing away of the jaw bone, often accompanied with tearing of the cheek.





Fish Pain