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SEAFWA 2018 has ended
The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Monday, October 22 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Poster: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Winter Trout Program: A First Look into Angler Recruitment and Retention

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AUTHORS: Brandon Simcox, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

ABSTRACT: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) stocks approximately 95,000 Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss at 42 locations across the state during the winter months (November-March) to provide angling opportunities in areas with limited or no access to trout fisheries. Resource monitoring has been limited and little is known about angler demographics, motivations, recruitment and retention. Angler surveys were conducted from November 2017 to February 2018 at seven ponds across Tennessee ranging from 0.14 to 3.58 ha. Creel dates were stratified to match expected angler effort and cameras were placed at each location to determine angler use using time-lapse photography. A total of 214 individual anglers were interviewed during creel surveys. Total angling effort was estimated to be 5,682 hours expended at the 7 sites across an 8 week study period. Of the anglers interviewed, 37% were under 16 years of age or had less than 3 years total of trout fishing experience. Fifty percent of anglers had fished the Winter Trout Program less than 3 years. Additionally, 55% of anglers interviewed did not fish for trout outside of the Winter Trout Program. Most anglers (47%) became aware of the program through “word of mouth”, although directed marketing strategies were used. Digital media (e.g., facebook) was the second most popular way anglers learned about the program. Catch Rates averaged 1.10 fish/hr and 58% of anglers caught at least 1 fish by the time of interview. Overall, approximately 86% of anglers reported they were at least somewhat satisfied with the Winter Trout Program.

Monday October 22, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bon Secour Bay Ballroom & 2nd Level Foyer