For the past 20 years, at the end of the angling licence year, a questionnaire has been sent to a sample of anglers who fished for steelhead in British Columbia. Information was requested on their fishing activity and catch success for incorporation into the Steelhead Harvest Analysis. Over this time, there have been considerable changes in licence sales, the number of days spent fishing, catch and release of steelhead, and regulations. In the 1985-86 season, 25,619 steelhead angling licences were sold, 12% of which were to nonresidents of B.C. Questionnaires were sent to 63% of licencees and a response was received from 57% of those contacted. Of the respondents, 77% fished for steelhead at least once, and of the active anglers, 59% were successful in landing a fish. The provincial steelhead catch has increased significantly in recent years. This year's catch of 145,344 fish was slightly less than the previous year's record high. Recent increases in catch are a combined result of increased stock abundance an
Billings, Susan J.. 1987. Steelhead Harvest Analysis 1985-86. Ministry of Environment and Parks. Fisheries Technical Circular. FTC76
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: steelhead, anglers, angling, licences, questionnaire, catch success, Steelhead Harvest Analysis, catch trends, hatchery, Chilliwack/Vedder River, possession quotas, release regulations, release ratio, Dean River, Skeena, Stamp River, Somass River, Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland
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