For several years the Division of Fish and Wildlife has turned to anglers to provide valuable input into our freshwater fishing programs. We encourage angler feedback using a variety of tools such as public meetings, creel surveys, telephone and online surveys and even the public comment period of the Fish Code amendment process. Although field assessments used by biologists such as electrofishing, seining and trap netting provide essential data to make fisheries management decisions, it is critical for Fish and Wildlife to stay in touch with another important resource—you, the angler.
Opening day angler counts and creel surveys have been conducted annually for many years providing us with valuable insights for our trout stocking program. It is important to gauge the angling participation and success at specific waterbodies so that we can best allocate the state’s fishery resources and efforts. Direct interaction with anglers generates excellent feedback.
Since 2012, Fish and Wildlife has operated a volunteer Angler Logbook Program into which anglers are encouraged to record detailed information about their fishing expeditions on select waters such as Trout Conservation Areas. Logbooks are returned to Fish and Wildlife; the data are used to determine the status of specific fisheries and to help determine whether current regulations adequately protect and enhance the resource.
Telephone and online surveys are used to reach anglers, providing insight into your opinions and preferences on a variety of topics including regulations and stocking programs. As we strive to improve our programs, sometimes we must make difficult decisions. It is critical to understand the anglers’ preferences so they can be appropriately considered.
Your ongoing participation is vital. As Fish and Wildlife aims to improve fishing opportunities for all anglers, we will continue to rely on your input. I know that many of you have strong viewpoints spanning a wide range of angling considerations. Let’s hear them.
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