Characteristics of Urban Anglers in Lubbock, Texas

Angler surveys were conducted at 18 lakes in municipal parks during JuneDecember 1987. Anglers < 16 years old were the largest proportion of the participants. Of the anglers surveyed, 93% were residents of Lubbock. They averaged 6.9 fishing trips per month and fishing frequency differed among age groups and between summer and fall. Resident anglers travelled an average of 4.7 km to fish; distance travelled differed among age groups and between summer and fall. Anglers preferred to catch catfish (Ictalurus spp., 79% of anglers) and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides, 72%). Fishes most frequently fished for were catfish (31% of anglers), largemouth bass (11%), and sunfish (Lepomis spp., 10%; 49% of the anglers indicated they were fishing for "any fish." Exclusive of travel expenses, anglers spent an average of $5.78 per day to fish in Lubbock's lakes. Fifty-six percent of anglers had knowledge of fishing regulations.

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