Wednesday, October 30, 2013

LECAL Program

For those fishing the PA Erie tribs this year and interested in helping out, contact Mike Hosack at PFBC (see announcement below):

Hello, for those who have never met me my name is Mike Hosack and I am a fisheries biologist working out of the Lake Erie Research Unit office in Fairview. We have recently reestablished our Lake Erie Cooperative Angler Logbook (LECAL) program and are in the process of recruiting volunteers. To qualify, and individual needs to intend to fish for Steelhead Trout or Brown Trout in the Lake Erie watershed this season (one trip is sufficient). Data collected from the LECAL program will be used to measure and track fishery performance and to evaluate management actions.  Additionally, the logbook contains optional entries for recording personal observations and field notes and can serve as a fishing diary.  If you (and/or your family/friends/acquaintances)  wish to participate, I will mail a logbook, instructions, and a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to your office or to a supplied address for each volunteer.  After all data has been entered and analyzed, your logbook will be returned with a report containing individual and combined fishery statistics, along with a new logbook and a self-addressed stamped envelope for the following season if you indicate on this season’s logbook that you are willing to continue to participate in the LECAL program.  Your participation in the LECAL program will help improve Steelhead Trout and Brown Trout fishery management in the Lake Erie watershed and for those willing to participate, we thank you for your cooperation.