Catch and Release
The concept of throwing a perfectly legal fish back into the water to swim again, grow some more, and be caught again, was a very new idea in the mid 1950s. The Release Program was initiated by Tim's father, Nelson Ross (second generation here at Teal Lake) in 1956. A handcarved wooden musky was awarded to any fisherman releasing a legal muskey. By 1959, the fishermen (they called them "sports" in those days) were already releasing 10% of the legal musky caught on TEAl and LOST LAND LAKES. Muskies Inc. was founded in 1967 and became a strong supporter of the release program in all musky waters. Since those days, catch-and-release has spread to many other species, and is even written into the DNR rules for certain times of the year.
Catch and Release sounds simple and easy. It is also so Environmentally Wise. However, if you are not experienced, please take the time to talk to someone who knows how: all fish released may not survive, but you can increase the odds by some tricks of how to handle the fish (wet hands), and how to release air bubbles. There are some injuries from which fish do not recover. Remember that people eat musky. (Eagles do too!) The office has a very good recipe that is always used by the Ross family, (It wouldn't be New Year's Eve without musky.) The Musky is not in any way endangered - in fact, the population is healthier than ever due to the release program - so feel free to keep a musky if you wish, in spite of the release rate of over 90%.