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Hudson River Recreational Fishing Survey

Smallmouth bass This study provides the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with necessary data for sound management of the diverse recreational fishery resources in the Hudson River. Popular sport fishing targets of Hudson River anglers include striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, American shad, river herring, blue crabs, catfishes, and Atlantic tomcod. Lower estuary anglers can also catch marine species such as bluefish, weakfish, and flounder.

Objectives:

Striped bassInformation collected:

  • Describe catch and harvest: - target species - catch/harvest rates, - age, and weight of kept and released fish.
  • Estimate total fishing effort by river reach, season, and method.
  • Estimate total harvest and catch of all species, for tournament and non-tournament anglers, and for specific fisheries (e.g. spring striped bass)
  • Identify angler preferences and satisfaction associated with Hudson River angling experience.
  • Provide information on anglers and trip expenditures.
    • Provide background necessary for future surveys.

American shadMethods:Normandeau Associates, hired by NYSDEC to conduct the survey, uses several angler counting or contact methods. These include aerial overflights, interviews at boat ramps, marinas, and popular shore fishing sites and attendance at tournament weigh-ins. Throughout the survey period, anglers willing to provide additional information on their fishing trips are requested to answer a mail survey.

Creel agent talking to a fisherman near the Troy DamSurvey Clerks asked:

  • Fishing party size
  • Start and finish time of your fishing trip
  • How many fish of each species you caught
  • How many of each fish species you kept
  • Permission to measure/handle your kept fish
  • Fishing methods used (bait, lures etc)
  • Target species of your trip
  • What you plan to do with your kept fish
  • Where you live
  • Your Ethnic origin
  • Willingness to answer a follow-up mail survey

Creel agent talking to a black bass fisherman2001 Report: An Executive summary (181 KB pdf file) is available on-line or from the Hudson River Fisheries Unit. The full report is a large file and not available on-line. To obtain a copy by mail please send your name and address to us at our e-mail address or write to us at the address to the right.

2005 Spring Survey:
Beginning in March 2005, the spring portion of the survey was repeated to examine the popular striped bass and American shad fisheries. They once again conducted overflights, interviews at boat ramps, marinas, and popular shore fishing sites and attended tournament weigh-ins. Anglers were interviewed to provide additional information on their fishing trip.

2005 Report:

The data and report from the 2005 survey available in an executive summary. The full report is large file and not available on-line. To obtain a copy by mail please send your name and address to us at our e-mail address or write to us at the address to the right.

If you would like more information about the Hudson River Creel survey, please email the Hudson River Fisheries Unit (link is on the column to the right).

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