Cost Analyses Of Sport Fishing In Commercial Catfish Ponds

Fishermen were interviewed as they fished for catfish and largemouth bass in pond S-1 (22 acres) and pond S-7 (2.5 acres) of the Auburn University Fisheries Research Unit to determine selected expenditures per trip. From September 15 to December 5, 1965 and from March 16 to June 16, 1966, 13,528 people fished, of which 1,434 were interviewed. In addition to the $1.00 pond permit fee, fishermen spent $1.25 per trip for travel and $0.89 per trip for bait and equipment. Average round trip distance traveled per fisherman was 34.5 miles. The individual average expenditure per trip was not related to day of the week. Total expenditures were estimated to have been $42,628 for 150 days of fishing. Permit cost was $13,528; bait cost, $6,872; equipment, $5,297 and travel expense, $16,931. The gross expenditure was $1,740 per surface acre of water.

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