Fishing efficiency of competitive largemouth bass tournament anglers has increased since early 21st century

Thomas M. Detmer, Kyle J. Broadway, Joseph J. Parkos, Matthew J. Diana, David H. Wahl

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Abstract

Tournament fishing has risen in popularity over the last half a century. As such, social and financial incentives combined with technological advancements are expected to drive changes in angler's capacity to exploit tournament-eligible fish stocks, as has been observed in commercial fisheries. The aim of this study was to quantify temporal trends in angler efficiency and their ability to exploit a given fish stock relative to effort in largemouth bass fishing tournaments. A collective analysis across seven Illinois reservoirs comparing change through time in angler catch rates and relative population abundances indicated that angler efficiency has generally improved through time. For the decade from 2005 to 2015, a greater than threefold increase in the efficiency of anglers to exploit a static population of largemouth bass was estimated. Anglers have become more efficient at exploiting populations, which is likely to influence management decisions in the future, particularly in harvest-orientated fisheries and those reliant upon fishery-dependent surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-543
Number of pages4
JournalFisheries Management and Ecology
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • angler efficiency
  • black bass
  • largemouth bass
  • recreational angling
  • reservoirs
  • tournament angling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology

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