Handling Trout

If you read the previous lesson detailing Trout Facts, then you already know that trout have skin and not scales.  Look closely at the difference between a bass and a rainbow trout.

Large Mouth Bass



Rainbow Trout





So why does this make a difference, you ask?  Well, for starters, a bass and most other scaled fish basically have armor, and they usually have some really sharp dorsal fins and sharp teeth.  Because of this armor, a scaled fish isn’t what I would call delicate.  A trout on the other hand, needs to be handled in the appropriate fashion because they are more delicate than most fish that spin casters are targeting.

Because a fish has skin, it is IMPERATIVE that before you touch a trout, that you get your hands wet.  I have on more than one occasion caught a fish that had a hand print on it’s side.  No kidding.  A trout has a slimy film around it that functions as part of it’s defense system against contracting diseases.  Simply put, if you tamper with this slimy film, you’re subjecting the fish to potentially life threatening disease that could kill it.  Be nice to the trout so that they can live another day, spawn and make offspring, and ultimately keep the ecology of the river healthy and full of healthy fish.