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Monday, January 25 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Creel Surveys on Southeast Minnesota Trout Streams – Challenges of Evaluation Regulations and Habitat Improvement

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AUTHORS: Vaughn A. Snook*, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Douglas J. Dieterman, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Selected sociodemographic and fishery-related information were compiled from creel surveys conducted on southeast Minnesota trout streams in part to evaluate angling regulations and stream habitat improvement projects.  New trout stream regulations and a large increase in trout stream habitat improvement projects have taken place since 2005 in southeast Minnesota providing a challenge for fisheries managers to advise and direct.  Few sociological metrics assessed in any of the creel surveys differed among angling regulations or before-after comparisons with habitat improvement projects.  Fisheries management will be improved by focusing creel survey design, increasing sample size and developing key objectives for angling regulations and stream habitat improvement projects.

Monday January 25, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm EST
Gerald Ford