Catch and release may be the next battleground

Back in the pool

Here's my most recent column on catch-and-release fishing and a potential new line of attack on angler conservationists.

It's no secret that animal rights zealots hate hunting. Catch-and-release fishing, on the other hand, has been heralded as a great conservation tool in Montana and anyplace sport fishing is popular. But new, and stunningly myopic research hints at a new line of attack: it's bad for fish.

Healthy trout populations in heavily fished Montana rivers and streams say otherwise.