The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking angler input for an economic study of fishing tournaments. The information provided will be used to better understand the economic impacts of tournaments at both the local and statewide level, and to inform lake management actions.
Anglers who fish in a tournament on Lake Okeechobee between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept 31, 2020 should expect to receive a request for tournament-related voluntary information. Surveys will be distributed to tournament directors once a permit is requested from the PermitMe system, with a reminder email sent just prior to the tournament date. FWC is requesting tournament directors forward the email and survey link to participating anglers before the tournament, and that anglers respond as quickly as possible following their tournament. Responses will be kept confidential and will not be associated with any personal identifying information. After completing the survey, anglers will receive a product discount from Gambler Lures, which is providing an incentive for participating in this study.
If you are a tournament director or tournament angler and have questions concerning this study, email TournamentEconomics@MyFWC.com.