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New York Statewide Angler Survey 2017

The 2017 New York Statewide Angler Survey was conducted to ascertain angler effort, patterns, preferences and attitudes to help DEC assess both the biological and human dimension aspects of managing New York's freshwater fisheries. Freshwater anglers enjoyed an estimated 19.89 million angler days in 2017 in New York's inland and Great Lakes waters, slightly more than a similar survey conducted for 2007. Many anglers fished for warmwater gamefish (44%), primarily largemouth and smallmouth bass. Coldwater gamefish were also popular (28%), including brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, steelhead and Chinook salmon. Anglers fished primarily on inland lakes and ponds (49%), inland streams and rivers (25%), and the Great Lakes and their tributaries (22%).

The results of the survey are provided in 3 reports:

Questions concerning the angler survey should be directed to fwfish@dec.ny.gov.


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