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Monday, January 25 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Measuring The Relationship Between Sportfishing Trip Expenditures and Anglers’ Species Preferences

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AUTHORS: James M. Long, Oklahoma State University; Richard T. Melstrom*, Oklahoma State University

ABSTRACT: This paper presents research on the relationship between fishing trip expenditures and anglers’ species preferences from a survey of Oklahoma resident anglers conducted in 2014. Understanding patterns in fishing trip expenditures is important because a significant share of state wildlife agency revenue comes from taxes on purchases of fishing equipment. Presently, there is little research that addresses the question of how spending levels vary within groups of sportspersons, including anglers. Regression analysis was used to identify a relationship between trip spending and several preference variables, and includes controls for other characteristics of fishing trips, such as location, party size and duration. We received 780 surveys for response rate of 26% but only 506 were useable due to missing data or non-fishing responses. Average trip expenditures regardless of species preferences were approximately $140, but anglers who preferred to fish for trout and black bass tended to spend more than those who preferred to fish for catfish and panfish. These results were even more pronounced when location was considered, with those fishing at lakes spending more than those who last fished at a river or ponds. The results underscore the differences in spending among anglers with different preferred species and fishing locations. Those anglers pursuing black bass in lakes not only spent more on average, but are numerous; increasing their overall spending impact at the state level.

Monday January 25, 2016 3:40pm - 4:00pm EST
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