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Tuesday, February 7 • 8:20am - 8:40am
Technical Session. Factors Influencing Angler Fishing Behavior

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AUTHORS: Brian S. Harmon, Nicholas W. Cole - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska; Christopher J. Chizinski, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska; Kevin L. Pope, U.S. Geological Survey-Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska

ABSTRACT: Within a waterbody, fishing pressure is non-uniform, non-random, and not ideally distributed according to fish or catch rates. Thus, other factors must influence where and how anglers fish, but within a waterbody, these factors remain understudied. The outcomes of a fishing trip are a result of both angler fishing behavior and the behavior of sportfish. We attached a portable GPS and camera to anglers' fishing rods at two waterbodies located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. We analyzed angler movement (cumulative shoreline covered, total distance) and activity (number, location, and distance of casts) to assess angler behavior. We compared angler movement and activity to angler specialization and trip-specific objectives to elucidate angler fishing behaviors. Data on where and how anglers fish could be used for recreational fishery management.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 8:20am - 8:40am CST
Grand Ballroom E