Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Anglers, too, are finding more "Posted. No Trespassing" signage

The nation’s anglers are beginning to experience the same access difficulties that have long perplexed their hunting counterparts.

A recent study shows that almost 16 percent of surveyed anglers reported at least one of their fishing holes was posted against trespassing last year.

About one third of the respondents said that they were cut off from accessing private property while the second highest number said the end came on public land and waterways. Development was ranked third followed by pollution.

In Northeast Ohio, access to steelhead fishing has increasingly become a driving force of concern for anglers and state fisheries managers. Not only are landowners becoming frustrated with a growing number of anglers some of these property owners are leasing fishing rights to their stream banks.

“These findings should sound an alarm that lost access to the waters they fish is a very real problem for a number of the nation’s anglers,” said Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates.

Southwick Associates conducts the along with, and and is widely regarded as having the most reliable pulse of the nation's anglers, hunters and shooters.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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