Since 1966-67, 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 and incorporated into an annual summary of steelhead sport catch. Over this time, there have been considerable changes in licence sales, the number of days spent fishing, catch and release of steelhead, and freshwater angling regulations in B.C. In the 1987-88 season, 31,263 steelhead angling licences were sold, 11% of which were to nonresidents of B.C. Questionnaires were sent to 56% of licencees and a response was received from 55% of those contacted. Of the respondents, 74% reported going steelhead fishing and 60% of these 'active' anglers successfully landed a fish. The provincial steelhead catch has increased significantly since 1982. In the 1987-88 season, steelhead anglers fished for 258,101 days in the province catching 153,489 fish. Wild steelhead made up the largest component .
Billings, Susan J.. 1989. Steelhead Harvest Analysis 1987-88. Ministry of Environment. Fisheries Technical Circular. FTC85
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: steelhead, anglers, angling, licences, questionnaire, catch success, catch trends, hatchery, Chilliwack/Vedder River, possession quotas, release regulations, release ratio, Dean River, Cowichan River, Bulkley River, Skeena, Stamp River, Somass River, Sproat River, Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
English Name: Rainbow Trout
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