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The U.S. Inland Creel and Angler Survey Catalog (CreelCat)

May 3, 2022

Inland recreational fishing, defined as primarily leisure-driven fishing in freshwaters, is a popular past-time in the USA. State natural resource agencies endeavor to provide high-quality and sustainable fishing opportunities for anglers. Managers often use creel and other angler-survey data to inform state- and waterbody-level management efforts. Despite the broad implementation of angler surveys and their importance to fisheries management at state scales, regional and national coordination among these activities is minimal, limiting data applicability for larger-scale management practices and research. The goal of this project is to develop and implement the U.S. Inland Creel and Angler Survey Catalog (CreelCat), a first-of-its-kind, publicly available national database of angler-survey data that establishes a baseline of national inland recreational fishing metrics. CreelCat contains metrics related to angler catch, harvest, effort, preferences, and demographics from over 40 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. 

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