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Posted on behalf of Karen Ricker <ricker.15@osu.edu>


Frank Lichtkoppler
Ohio Sea Grant District Specialist, Painesville, OH

Dave Kelch
Ohio Sea Grant District Specialist, Elyria, OH

Ohio Sea Grant to Initiate Steelhead Angler Survey

Painesville, OH -- Later this month, Ohio Sea Grant will initiate a Lake
Erie-tributary steelhead angler survey.   The overall goal of the survey is
to document the economic contributions of the steelhead fishery using
information collected from steelhead anglers.

People fishing on the following Lake Erie tributaries, located in northeast
and north-central Ohio, will be targeted for the survey: Conneaut Creek,
Ashtabula River, Arcola Creek, Grand River, Chagrin River, Cuyahoga River,
Rocky River, the Vermilion River,
and other smaller tributary streams and creeks.  Anglers will be contacted
in person while out on the water about participating in the survey, and
those who agree will have the survey mailed to them. The survey will
include questions about how many trips steelhead anglers make, how much
time they spend fishing  per outing, how many fish they catch, and how many
they keep.  All responses will be confidential.  The survey will continue
through the fall and winter of 2002, and spring of 2003 as weather
conditions allow.

Northeast Ohio steelhead angling associations, coastal visitor bureaus, the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and others are interested in
improving  steelhead angling opportunities. However, there is currently no
reliable data available about the needs, expenditures, or opinions of Ohio
steelhead anglers regarding the value of the fishery. The survey results
will help fill the knowledge gap about this valuable resource.

"The idea behind developing the steelhead survey began with the Emerald
Necklace Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders,
Western Reserve Anglers, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History Trout
Club," said Steve Madewell, Deputy Director of Lake County Metroparks.
"These groups have collectively realized the economic and recreational
importance of steelhead fishing to northeast Ohio," he added. Lake
Metroparks has worked hard to promote appropriate access to streams in Lake

As a "thank you," survey participants will be entered in a drawing for
various prizes including two steelhead fishing rods and reels, and six
different gift certificates from area tackle shops. The survey results will
be analyzed by Ohio Sea Grant and reported to local county visitor bureaus,
angling groups, the ODNR, Division of Wildlife and others interested in the
growing Ohio steelhead fishery. This project is sponsored by the Ohio Sea
Grant College Program, the Lake Erie Protection Fund, Ohio State University
Extension, the Lake County Visitors Bureau, the Central Basin Steelheaders,
and the Emerald Necklace Chapter #133 of Trout Unlimited.


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