|It is legal to fish catch and release after catching a daily
limit as long as no fish are killed and no fish are taken.
However, if a fish caught after having a daily creel limit
cannot be released immediately and unharmed (for any
reason), a violation has occurred.
For this reason, it is NOT a recommended practice to continue to fish on a catch and release basis after
taking a daily creel limit. While it is legal if the last fish caught is immediately returned unharmed to the waters
from which it was caught, because of the chances for noncompliance in such a situation, it's not a good idea.
Also, you are not allowed to trade fish from the stringer for bigger ones caught later
(also known as culling). Fish on the
stringer are "taken" even if they are alive. Once placed on a stringer or in a live well or other container is part of
the daily creel limit. The exception is for fishing tournaments, which require a special permit.
You are not allowed to trade a fish from the stringer for a mortally wounded fish caught after you have
a limit. Catching the fish that is mortally wounded is a violation even if the intent of the angler was to fish on a
catch and release basis. Since the angler would be unable to immediately return it unharmed to the waters from which
taken, a violation has occurred.