Measuring the Relationship between Sportfishing Trip Expenditures and Anglers’ Species Preferences

Photo by Steve Droter/Chesapeake Bay Program

Photo by Steve Droter/Chesapeake Bay Program

Authors: James M. Long and Richard T. Melstrom

We examined the relationship between fishing trip expenditures and anglers’ species preferences from a survey of Oklahoma resident anglers conducted in 2014. Understanding patterns in fishing trip expenditures is important because a significant share of state wildlife agency revenue comes from taxes on purchases of fishing equipment. Presently, there is little research that addresses the question of how spending levels vary within groups of sportspersons, including anglers. We used regression analysis to identify a relationship between trip spending and several preference variables, and included controls for other characteristics of fishing trips, such as location, party size, and duration. We received 780 surveys for a response rate of 26%, but only 506 were useable due to missing data or nonfishing responses. Average trip expenditures were approximately US$140, regardless of species preferences, but anglers who preferred to fish for trout and black bass tended to spend more than those who preferred to fish for catfish and panfish. These results were even more pronounced when location was considered, those who last fished at lakes spending more than those who fished at rivers or ponds. The results underscore the differences in spending among anglers with different preferred species and fishing locations.


Long, J. M., and R. T. Melstrom. 2016. Measuring the relationship between sportfishing trip expenditures and anglers’ species preferences. North American Journal of Fisheries Management  36(4):731-737.