There is no longer any need to pity the “poor fish” because today there are fish with calling cards, fish doctors, surgeons, and dietitians, water-conditioned buses for fish, trout engineers and architects, fish elevators, modern rest rooms or pools for trout and home-coming days for wandering salmon.
There are a few of the piscatorial wonders which meet the opening of what will probably be the greatest angling season in history. Taxpayers are handing out tithe to trout whether they fish or don’t fish. Each year anglers pay about $100,000,000 for fishing licenses, rods and tackle. But that’s only part of the story.
Federal and state governments now maintain about 469 trout hatcheries or rearing stations in thirty-one states. Public money pays for these and the fish produced are planted in more than 91,000 fresh-water rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. Private trout-growing establishments have become a $50,000,000 industry.