The Michigan DNR provided five tips for taking great catch-and-release photos.
1. Wet hands before handling the fish to make sure to not remove the protective mucus the fish has coating their body.
2. Keep the fish in the water until ready to take the shot because a fish can not breathe out of water and will become uncomfortable rather quickly.
3. Take the photo with the fish close to the water so if it squirms out it will land in the water and not on a hard surface.
4. Do not pinch or squeeze the fish while holding it or sticking fingers in its gills.
5. Be mindful of teeth or spines on different kinds of fish that could hurt.
Walleye and pike season for the Upper Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters and the St. Marys River opened on May 15th.
Trout fishing should pick up in the next week or two, but was slow recently in the northern regions due to the cold nights and cold river temperatures.
The Michigan DNR reminds all anglers 17 years of age and older that they are required to have a fishing license.