Activities, Regulatory Preferences, and Regulatory Perceptions of Tennessee Anglers

A 1992 survey of Tennessee anglers was used to determine who is fishing and how often, the species they fish for, and how anglers perceive the regulatory structure. The results are based on telephone interviews with 450 active licensed anglers. Nearly 81% of the anglers visited a Tennessee reservoir in 1992, while 41% fished warm water streams, 28% farm ponds, and 22% trout streams. Over 60% preferred separate regulations for reservoirs. Active reservoir fishermen were more likely to support individual regulations. The participants were evenly split on whether a proposed regulation which has public support should be imposed even if the management agency does not feel the fishery would benefit. Eighty percent of the anglers indicated that existing fishing regulations were not complicated.

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