Fisheries managers seek information on the characteristics and needs of distinct groups of anglers. By examining perceptions in the context of angler groups, managers can anticipate reactions to fishery changes and avoid conflicts. The goal of this study was to identify groups of anglers who target salmonid species in the southern Lake Michigan fishery and understand how their perceptions of the fishery differ. Participants were recruited through creel surveys in 2015; anglers willing to participate were sent a questionnaire via mail or e-mail. A cluster analysis of eight variables corresponding to experience, investment, lifestyle, and resource use resulted in five groups of anglers among which fishery perceptions were compared. Differences were found in angler perceptions of changes in salmonid populations, beliefs of causes of those changes, and preferences for stocking lake trout. An overview of several angler subgroups operating in southern Lake Michigan is provided.
- Great Lakes
- Recreational fisheries
- angler surveys
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nature and Landscape Conservation
- Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law