AnglerArchive: Your Guide to Recreational Fishing Data in Southern Lake Michigan

AnglerArchive: Your Guide to Recreational Fishing Data in Southern Lake Michigan


♪ (music) ♪ Lake Michigan is the largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States. It is bordered by four states and is home to more than 12 million people. Lake Michigan supports a diverse fish community which in turn provides a wealth of fishing opportunities Every year thousands of people fish from boats and from the shore to target species such as Chinook salmon, rainbow trout and yellow perch. Recreational fisheries in Lake Michigan are ecologically and economically important. These fisheries are monitored by state government agencies who routinely collect information on recreational fishing effort and harvest as well as angler expenditure and satisfaction. A tried-and-tested method for collecting recreational fishing data is to conduct creel surveys. Creel surveys involve interviewing fishers while they are fishing or at the end of their fishing trip. Surveys are conducted in a strategic manner to ensure accurate and unbiased estimates of fishing data. The Illinois Natural History Survey and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have been conducting creel surveys in southern Lake Michigan every year since the mid-1980s. These surveys have resulted in more than 50,000 data records which are now at your fingertips with AnglerArchive.org AnglerArchive.org is an easy-to-use website where you can explore long-term recreational fishing data in Lake Michigan. To start click on an area of interest in Southern Lake Michigan and select the type of fishing data you wish to explore. Here you can use the drop-down menus to display and compare data by angler type, month, site, and species. The graph will automatically update as you change your selections. If you are unsure about a menu option or other terminology simply hover over the information bubble to get a more detailed description. You can also view the data used to generate the graph and export these data or the graph you have created. The goal of this website is to increase the utility of these great long-term data sets and to provide everyone with the opportunity to explore recreational fishing data in southern Lake Michigan. If you would like to learn more about the project and the project partners please visit the about page. ♪ (music) ♪

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