Creel Surveys

Creel surveys are one of the most common fishery management techniques used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to determine harvest in recreational fisheries. During these surveys, creel survey technicians ask anglers about their fishing trip. Their questions are aimed at determining the angler's catch of each species and the fishing time required to catch the fish. When statistically combined with periodic counts of angler numbers, this information can be used to estimate total angler participation, catch rate, and total sport harvests of important species. If you are approached by a fishery technician to obtain creel census data, your cooperation in furnishing this valuable information will be appreciated.