THE EFFECT OF FLUCTUATING WATER LEVELS ON RESERVOIR FISHING

By: Jakus, Paul M.; Dowell, Paula; Murray, Matthew N.
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Jakus, Paul M.; Dowell, Paula; Murray, Matthew N., THE EFFECT OF FLUCTUATING WATER LEVELS ON RESERVOIR FISHING, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 25, Issue 2, December 2000, Pages 520-532

The effect of Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir water levels on recreational fishing is evaluated. Data were collected in east Tennessee during March through August of 1994-97. Water levels were not a major barrier to participation during the six-month period, but levels did affect the number of trips taken by anglers. Maintaining lakes at full pool for one additional summer month would result in an additional one-third trip per angler, or an additional 87,000 trips in the study region. The average net benefit of a full pool is $1.82 per angler, or an aggregate benefit of approximately $476,500 in the region.