In 1989, the Montana Legislature approved funding for an "Enhanced Survey of Angling Pressure". The funding was such that the survey was to be conducted every other year. In March 1989, the statewide angling use mail survey was again re-initiated, and has been conducted on a biannual basis since that time. The statewide angling pressure for the 1989 fishing year was estimated at 2,336,085 angler days (McFarland, 1991). From 1991 through 2011 the statewide angling use has varied from 2.2 million to 3.36 million angler days. In 2011 the statewide angling use was estimated at 2,802,149 angling days.
(Last Modified April 01, 2013)