Don't Cull your Trout catch ..
In the province of Ontario , there are specific rules that apply to the culling of your daily limit of fish . The following information is taken verbatim from the Catch & Retain Rules section at www.ontario.ca/fishing .
" Generally, daily catch limits include all fish that are retained for any period of time and not immediately released.
Anglers fishing from a boat may now catch, hold and selectively live release, more walleye, northern pike, largemouth or smallmouth bass than the daily limit, provided: (a) the fish are held in a livewell with a mechanical aerator operating at all times. A livewell is a compartment designed to keep fish alive. For a livewell to be used to selectively release bass, walleye and northern pike, it must be attached to or form part of a boat, hold a total volume of not less than 46 litres (10 gallons) of water, have the capacity for water exchange and be mechanically aerated at all times when live fish are being held in it. (b) the fish comply with any applicable size limits. (c) the Sport or Conservation Fishing Licence daily catch and retain limits for walleye or northern pike are not exceeded at any one time. (d) no more than six largemouth or smallmouth bass (or any combination) caught under a sport fishing licence are retained at any one time, and, (e) the Conservation Fishing Licence catch and retain limits for largemouth and smallmouth bass (or any combination) are not exceeded at any one time. Anglers are reminded to closely monitor the condition of fish held in a livewell. Only fish that are in such a condition that they will survive may be released. Releasing a fish that will not survive and allowing the flesh of that fish to be wasted is an offence. Any fish not live-released are part of your daily catch and retain limit."
As you can see from the above information it is not legal in the province of Ontario to keep fishing for Trout after your limit is caught .
The two Rainbow trout in the picture attached to this blog are certainly not trophy fish , but I had caught my legal limit , so it was time to go home & fire up the barbeque .
The rules & regulations for fishing in Ontario were put in place as a means to try and maintain our fish stocks for years to come , & it is incumbent upon us as responsible anglers to observe & obey the law when it comes to both the catching & handling of fish . So when you catch a trout that isn't necessarily trophy size & it cannot be released alive immediately , that trout should be counted toward your daily limit