Is Fish and Game considering requiring circle hooks for sturgeon fishing?

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Some serious sturgeon anglers have asked Fish and Game to consider requiring circle hooks because they rarely hook the large fish anywhere but the mouth. Sturgeon fishing is catch-and-release only, so many of the long-lived fish are caught many times. Circle hooks would reduce injuries to the fish. Fish and Game is not proposing any rule changes for sturgeon fishing. But fisheries managers are gathering ideas from the public that later this spring may develop into proposals for the Fish and Game Commission to consider for the next rules cycle in 2011.