What fisherman look for in a fishing experience

Author: 
Moeller, G.H. and Engelken, J.H.
Date: 
October 1972
Journal: 
The Journal of Wildlife Management

Personal interviews were conducted with 100 fishermen to determine the relative importance of eight selected factors that influence the success of a typical 1-day fishing trip. Elements of the natural environment-water quality, natural beauty, and privacy while fishing-were consistently rated as the most important factors influencing fishing enjoyment. Size and number of fish caught, weather conditions, and ease of access to fishing waters were rated of moderate importance. Facilities available were rated as of low importance. Few differences were found between factor rankings for stream and for lake fishing experiences. Shifts in the importance of factors across different groups of fishermen were also investigated. Results of the study indicate that the concept of fishery management should be broadened to incorporate environmental management, if quality fishing experiences are to be provided.

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