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PENNSYLVANIA TROUT ANGLERS BIG ON RECYCLING

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 09/08/2006 (711 reads)
PENNSYLVANIA TROUT ANGLERS BIG ON RECYCLING
Pennsylvania’s trout anglers are big on recycling – fish that is. Two newly-released Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission/Penn State University studies found that the state’s trout anglers have high catch rates and high release rates as well. In fact, most trout caught in Pennsylvania’s waters are released, in turn extending and improving recreational fishing opportunities. The studies examined separately angler use patterns and economic values associated with Pennsylvania’s trout-stocked streams in the spring of the year and wild trout streams mid-April through Labor Day weekend. While there were differences in the two fisheries, there were distinct similarities as well – the high rates of anglers practicing catch and release chief among them. Anglers fishing stocked trout streams in the spring caught, on average, slightly more than one trout per hour fished; 63.1% of those fish were subsequently released. During the course of the legal fishing season on wild trout waters, average catch rates varied from around one fish every two hours for brook and brown trout on large streams (0.51 per hour and 0.56 per hour, respectively) to nearly two brook trout per hour (1.76 fish per hour) on small streams. An amazing 92.7% of wild trout were released.

“In evaluating fisheries, we consider average catch rates of one trout for two hours of fishing time as ‘good.’ The fact that both wild trout fisheries and stocked waters averaged, and in many cases far surpassed, this measure is exciting. Perhaps even more intriguing is the fact that so many trout are being released once caught. Logic suggests that there is a strong connection between these two findings,” said Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Executive Director Doug Austen.

“For instance, during the spring study period for stocked streams, the study data indicates anglers caught 6.7 million trout. This catch figure is 1.5 times the number of trout stocked in these same waters. A portion of the additional catch rate can be attributed to the presence of some wild or ‘holdover’ stocked trout. The fact that nearly two-thirds of caught fish were ‘recycled’ by being returned to the water is an even more significant contributor to the high catch rates we documented.”

The studies were a joint venture between the PFBC and Penn State University. The PFBC collected angler data through on-the-water interviews and creel surveys. Penn State processed and analyzed the data as well as using an economic model to determine the fiscal benefits associated with Pennsylvania trout fishing. The studies were conducted independently of each other. Data collection for wild trout fishing was collected through the spring and summer of 2004. The stocked trout study focused on stocked streams during the opening weekend of the season and eight subsequent weeks in 2005. Fall and winter fishing for stocked trout and fishing in trout-stocked lakes were not examined in this effort. Pennsylvania stocks about 20% of its adult trout into lakes each year.

An estimated total of 80,098 angler trips were made on Pennsylvania’s wild trout streams during the regular trout season in 2004. By stream size, 57.5% of the angler trips were made on large streams and 42.5% of the angler trips were made on small streams. Over the course of the survey period angler effort averaged 239 angler hours per mile on large streams and 44 hours per mile on small streams.

PFBC sampling work indicates there are approximately 600,000 legal-size wild trout in Pennsylvania waters. Anglers caught an estimated total of 343,240 trout on wild trout streams and released 92.7%. Only about 25,000 trout were harvested on all wild trout streams during the 2004 survey period. Anglers harvested a very small number (9 per mile) of the legal size trout available on wild trout streams (221 per mile).

An estimated 2,124,821 angler trips were made on Pennsylvania’s stocked trout streams during the first eight weeks of the regular trout season (April 16 – June 12, 2005). Approximately 21.3% of the angler trips (452,220 trips) to stocked trout streams were made during the opening weekend of regular trout season. Concentrated angler pressure, not surprisingly, dropped precipitously after the opening weekend. Angler effort was calculated at 171.9 angler hours per day per mile of stream on opening weekend and 16.8 angler hours per day per mile of stream for the remainder of the survey period after opening weekend.

Angling on stocked trout streams contributed over $65.7 million to Pennsylvania’s economy during the first eight weeks of the regular trout season in 2005. Angling on stocked trout streams also supported 1,119 jobs in Pennsylvania. Angling on wild trout streams contributed over $7.16 million to Pennsylvania’s economy during the regular trout season in 2004. Angling on wild trout streams also supported 105 jobs in Pennsylvania.

Both the complete wild trout fishery use study and the entire study on the spring stocked trout fishery use are available on the PFBC’s web site at www.fishandboat.com.
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