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 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 1986-87 season, 32,721 steelhead angling licences were sold, 12% of which were to nonresidents of B.C. Questionnaires were sent to 54% of licencees and a response was received from 55% of those contacted. Of the respondents, 76% fished for steelhead at least once, and of the active anglers, 61% were successful in landing a fish. The provincial steelhead catch has increased significantly since 1980. This year's catch of 188,417 fish was a record high. Recent increases in catch are a combined result of increased stock abundance and sizeable returns of hatchery fish to some rivers
Billings, Susan J.. 1988. Steelhead Harvest Analysis 1986-87. Ministry of Environment and Parks. Fisheries Technical Circular. FTC81
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, Bulkley River, Skeena, Stamp River, Somass River, Sproat River, Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Thompson River, Fraser River, Chilcotin River, Chilko River
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
English Name: Rainbow Trout
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