According to a recent article in the La Crosse Tribune, trout fishing has a significant impact on the economies of the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The Driftless Area is primarily southwestern Wisconsin and includes southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
The article reports on a recent study, Economic Impact of Recreational Trout Angling in the Driftless Area, commissioned by Trout Unlimited from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse economics professor Donna Anderson. The study finds that trout fishing generates about $952 million a year in the Driftless Area, supporting local economies that have embraced the tourist trade. Anglers are drawn to the Driftless Area because of habitat restoration and preservation efforts that make the location more desirable for trout fishing. The study goes into great detail about the economic impact and demographics of the anglers contributing to what some refer to as "healthy trout economies."
|Courtesy of the WI DNR|
- Guide to Wisconsin trout fishing regulations, 2017-18
- Trout stream maps
- Trout fishing in Wisconsin : angler behavior, program assessment and regulation and season preferences
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Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning