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Catch-and-release becoming norm in Ohio

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PhotoCOLUMBUS -- Mike Utt still loves to fish, but he never eats anything he catches.

"I grew up in the '50s and '60s and we were raised that you cooked everything you caught," the Bellefontaine resident said. "But now I never eat a fish out of Ohio rivers or streams. And that did take some of the enjoyment out of it for me."

Since the state began releasing periodic fish consumption advisories -- warning of potentially dangerous chemicals found in Ohio waterways -- Utt has seen fewer and fewer of his friends eating locally caught fish.

His usual fishing trips with the Ohio Smallmouth Alliance are catch-and-release events, where the only thing anglers take home are their stories.   more...

 



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