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State Asking Anglers for Input on Fish in the Ohio River


You might call it a fishing poll

People fishing along the Ohio River may find themselves part of an important Indiana survey. WNIN’s Sarah Kuper has more on the Department of Natural Resources angler survey:

Beginning this month, Tri-State anglers may have some official company as they look to reel in their next big catch. Surveyors from the state DNR’s Fish and Wildlife division plan to interview fishers about their trip, preferences, demographics and how many fish they usually catch. It’s called a “creel survey” and interviewers will station at public access sites along the Ohio River.

Officials are looking for information about people’s use of river resources. This data will help better manage the river fishs’ population.

The study is being conducted along all 981 miles of the Ohio from the headwaters in Pennsylvania to where it meets the Mississippi River in Illinois.

Right now, surveyors are concentrated on the tailwaters below dams but after March clerks will randomly visit all public access sites.

This is an official DNR study so please no “fish stories”.