2008-03-08 / News

ODNR seeking input on fishing regulations

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites anglers to provide input regarding fishing regulations for Ohio's public inland lakes and reservoirs by visiting ohiodnr. com/creel on the Internet. The online angler survey solicits opinions on length and creel (daily harvest) limits for several species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye and saugeye.

"This survey is an opportunity for anglers to let us know how they feel about regulations governing the size and harvest limits for Ohio's popular sportfish in inland lakes and reservoirs," said Kevin Page, fisheries biologist with the Division of Wildlife. Page oversees Ohio's inland creel surveys.

Angler opinions will be used to evaluate current fishing regulations on Ohio's inland lakes and reservoirs. ODNR biologists will use the online survey results and data collected from traditional inland creel surveys and fish population assessments to determine if fishing could be improved in inland lakes and reservoirs by adjusting current regulations.

"This information helps us evaluate current regulations and explore opportunities to enhance fishing by capitalizing on attributes of specific fishpopulations in our inland lakes and reservoirs," said Jonathan Sieber Denlinger, supervisor at the Inland Fisheries Research Unit at ODNR.

The online angler survey will run through October 1. Following completion of the survey, fisheries biologists and administrators will review data from anglers and fish populations for use in the development of future regulations for Ohio's inland fisheries.

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