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Catch and release technique?

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SO I caught the thread on the walleye kill on Mille Lacs possibly from inadequate CPR techniques. Since I was just up there and caught (and released) many fish it worried me that I may not be doing it right and my good intentions were useless. I have looked at several websites with instructions but still have a couple questions specifically with walleye.

1. How should I hold them? Generally I put a finger under the very lower part of the gill plate and support the tail at about the caudal area. I do let go of the tail for the few seconds the pic is being taken then place the fish back in the water. I have never had a walleye that doesn't swim off right away.

2. If the gill plate is not a good place to hold them, what is? Anybody got as pic of the right way?

The whole point of the regs is to maintain the population. I just want to do it right.

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