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Title:A Survey of Sport Fishing in the Illinois Portion of Lake Michigan: March through September 2012
Author(s):Brofka, Wayne A.; Roswell, Charles R.; Czesny, Sergiusz J.
Subject(s):Lake Michigan
Creel Survey
yellow perch
Division of Fisheries
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Fisheries
IDNR Division of Fisheries
Abstract:A survey of sport fishing in the Illinois portion of Lake Michigan was conducted from April 1 to September 30, 2011. The survey covered all legal sport fishing during that period excluding fishing from chartered boats and smelt fishing. It included angling by pedestrians and fishing from boats. The intent of the survey was to provide reliable estimates of sport fishing activity, sport fish harvest, expenditures for sport fishing, and the quality and distribution of sport fishing. Estimated total fishing effort for pedestrians and boaters was 464,900 angler-hours. Estimated total harvest included 93,800 yellow perch, 1,200 brown trout,4,700 rainbow trout, 3,600 lake trout, 48,800 coho salmon, and 13,700 Chinook salmon. Estimated expenditures for boats, motors, trailers and fishing gear were over$2.8million. Anglers travelled 2.4 million miles. The yield value of the sport fishing harvest was approximately $2.6million.One additional special survey was conducted. From March 1 to March 31 an early season survey was conducted at Waukegan Harbor, Montrose Harbor and Calumet Park for pedestrian anglers and Waukegan Harbor and Calumet Park for launched-boat anglers. Anglers from both groups fished an estimatedtotal of 26,000 hours and harvested an estimated 8,900yellow perch, 1,800brown trout, 40rainbow trout, 20 lake troutand 3,200coho salmon. Estimated expenditures for boats, motors, trailersand fishing gear were nearly$64,000.
Issue Date:2013-09-30
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey
Series/Report:Technical Report INHS 2013 (36)
Survey of Sport Fishing in the Illinois Portion of Lake Michigan
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries; Federal Aid Project F-52 R-27
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-10-28

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