The coldwater fishing resources examined in this study were: streams year round; Lake Superior by boat; Lake Superior shores and streams (up to the first boundary); inland lakes in winter; and inland lakes in spring, summer and fall. Region 2, which is comprised of the Northeastern section of the state, accounted for over 37% of all coldwater angling trips followed by Region 5 (Southeast) at 33.1%, and Lake Superior at 10.6%.
Anglers rated the overall fishing experience quite high in terms of satisfaction. Satisfaction scores for the overall fishing experience exceeded those recorded for size of fish caught, number of fish caught, and the overall quality of trout/salmon fishing. Obviously there is something about the entire experience that brings satisfaction to the angler that appears independent of the act of catching fish.
Fulton, David C.; Gartner, William C.; Love, Lisa L.; Erkkila, Daniel L..
Economic Impact and Social Benefits Study of Coldwater Angling in Minnesota.
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