Demand for opportunities to lease sport fishing rights is expected to increase due to increased demand in public waters. It has been reported that the demand for fishing is more than twice the demand for hunting among Texans. In addition, fishermen indicated that they would on average make almost twice the number of trips as hunters. Fishermen were willing to make five trips with an average of 125 miles/trip, while hunters were willing to make three trips with 250 miles/trip per year. To avoid a hunting lease, hunting can also take place in a national forest and in some state parks. However, all interested parties should consult with the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to ensure that they comply with local national legislation. A local state license may be required to hunt on public lands, as well as additional permits and fees. The hunter will want to inspect the property as a preventive measure before renting. Due to the costs associated with a hunting lease, several elements should be taken into consideration and may have an impact on costs: in addition to fishing, the lessee may even prefer fish in the leased water area and monitor their growth. However, it should be noted that the use of fish must be made using fish species and fish stocks officially authorised for the area and in accordance with the transfer restrictions imposed by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The Fisheries Act requires a separate permit for the establishment of a new species in an aquatic area. As with hunting leases, landowners need to address the issue of liability when sport fishing rights are leased.
Landowners who lease sport fishing rights should include in a written rental agreement a “no-damage clause” that would protect them from liability and hold tenants accountable in the event of damage or accident. Since “no damage” clauses are not infallible, landowners should consider extending insurance coverage or requiring tenants to purchase liability insurance covering both parties. Liability laws may also be different from States. Real estate with sport fishing opportunities should be more valuable than land leased solely for hunting, depending on the profitability of sport fishing leases. Much of the demand for leased fishing rights results from increased pressure on fishing on public waters, reduced construction of new reservoirs, a desire for exclusive fishing rights and reasonable fishing expectations. Marketing is an important responsibility that managers must face in the operation of successful fishing leases, as well as in the case of successful hunting leases.. . . .