Looking for the ODNR fish stocking records, I came across some interesting information about license sales. Since 1990, there has been a 24.6% decline in the number of annual residential fishing license sales. I was aware that there was a decline, but I had no idea that it has been that severe. 1990 918481 1991 918403 1992 873382 1993 867969 1994 866700 1995 804609 1996 769479 1997 781247 1998 764177 1999 753825 2000 742587 2001 754704 2002 721472 2003 692405 Is this trend positive or negative for Ohio fishing? Fewer sales should equate to less fishing pressure, and potentially better fishing. It also means less revenue for the ODNR, less funding for fishery management, and it could potentially have a negative impact on fishing. I'm not happy with many of the fishing regulations outlined by the ODNR (far too focused on catch and keep rather than developing trophy fisheries). However, I'm now also concerned that the future of fishing could be in even more jeopardy because of the lack of interest in the sport itself.