Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


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White paper issued by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Don Gablehouse, Fisheries Division Chief


Copyright (c) 2005 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


On October 22, 2002, 5000 six-page surveys (Appendix 3) were sent to a stratified-random sample of Nebraska anglers drawn from the 2001 licensed anglers database. The database included all anglers who purchased a fishing license in 2001 as well as all lifetime fishing permit holders who purchased their license before or during 2001. The database did not include those possessing a free permit, such as veteran’s or senior citizen permits. The survey subsample (2.6% of the 2001-licensed angler database) was stratified such that the proportions of surveys in the subsample (4366 residents and 634 non-residents) matched the proportions of resident/non-resident license holders.

To determine the preferred fish species among Nebraska anglers in 2002, each respondent was asked to select their single favorite species to target. In order, the preferred species for Nebraska anglers were walleye/sauger, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Fourth on the list was anglers who had no particular preference for species (9.9% of respondents) indicating that 1 in 10 of Nebraska anglers are generalists in their fishing and not species specific. Crappie rounded out the top five.