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U.S. Fishing Facts

A look at the numbers



Participation:

  • 44.4 million Americans ages 7 and older fish2 (An estimated 50 million fish including all age groups).
     
  • One out of every six U.S. residents 16 and older fish. 1
     
  • 25 percent of U.S. males fish, and 8 percent of U.S. females fish. 1
     
  • Excluding those who fished the Great Lakes, freshwater anglers account for 82 percent of all anglers.1
     
  • Anglers spend an average of 16 days fishing and take an average of 13 fishing trips annually.1
     
  • Anglers 16 and older took 365 million freshwater fishing trips in 2001 totaling 467 million days. Including saltwater anglers, 437 million fishing trips totaling 557 million days were taken. 1
     
  • From 1991 to 1996, freshwater fishing days rose 13 percent. 6
     
  • The average number of freshwater fishing days per angler increased from 14.3 in 1991 to 16.7 in 1996. 6
     
  • Between 1980 and 1995, the number of Americans who fished increased 16 percent. 7
     
  • Residents of the South provided the biggest increase in fishing (21 percent) in the United States between 1980 and 1995. 7
     
  • The number of males fishing increased 14 percent from 1980 to 1995. 7
     
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Women and Minorities:
  • 11.9 million women 7 and older fish. That's more than the number who participate in jogging, basketball, volleyball, softball, golf or tennis. 2
     
  • Freshwater fishing is the 10th most popular participation sport among women. 2
     
  • 26.8 percent of all anglers are female 2 (representing 8 percent of the U.S. female population). 1
     
  • 5 percent of all anglers are black (representing 7 percent of the black population). 1
     
  • 5 percent of all anglers are Hispanic (representing 7 percent of the Hispanic population). 1
     
  • The number of women fishing increased 19 percent from 1980 to 1995 compared to 14 percent for males. 7
     
  • The region that experienced the largest increase in the number of females fishing was the Northeast. 7
     
  • Women spend on average $246 per year for trip-related fishing expenses and $70 per year on fishing equipment for a total of $3 billion. 5
     
  • Hispanics fish at lower rates than African-Americans and women, but they spend, on average, more money - $434 per angler for trips and $154 for equipment. Hispanics spent a total of $696 million per year on fishing trips and equipment. 5
     
  • Fishing equipment expenditures among African-American anglers increased 43 percent between 1991 and 1996. 5
     
  • African-American anglers spend on average $324 per year for trip-related fishing expenses and $128 per year on fishing equipment for a total of $814 million. 5
     
  • African-American anglers spend more days fishing (22 vs. 18) and take more trips (18 vs. 14), on average, than all anglers. 5
     
  • 64 percent of African-American anglers live in the South compared to 39 percent of all anglers. 5
     
  • 43 percent of female anglers live in the South. 5
     
  • 16 percent of African-American anglers live in the Midwest. 5
     
  • 26 percent of female anglers live in the Midwest. 5
     
  • 43 percent of Hispanic anglers live in the South. 5
     
  • 38 percent of Hispanic anglers live in the West compared to 20 percent of all anglers. 5
     
  • The number of days fished by African-American anglers increased 72 percent between 1991 and 1996 compared to 22 percent for all anglers. 5
     
  • The number of days fished by female anglers increased 15 percent between 1991 and 1996. 5
     
  • The number of days fished by Hispanic anglers remained constant between 1991 and 1996, but fishing trip expenditures increased 50 percent during the same period. 5
     
  • 1.9 million persons 16 and older with disabilities took 33 million fishing trips in 2001, fishing for 41 million days.1
     
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Why People Fish:
  • 33 percent of anglers fish to relax. 3
     
  • 25 percent of anglers fish as a way of spending time with family and friends. 3
     
  • 65 percent of non-anglers and 88 percent of anglers say that being asked by a child would make them want to go fishing or make them want to fish more often. 3
     
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What People Fish For and Where They Fish:
  • Bass fishing is the most popular type of fishing in the United States. 6
     
  • 38 percent of all freshwater anglers in the United States fish for black bass. 1
     
  • 28 percent of freshwater anglers fish for trout. 1
     
  • 28 percent of freshwater anglers fish for panfish. 1
     
  • 27 percent of freshwater anglers fish for catfish. 1
     
  • Bass are sought on 36 percent of all freshwater fishing days. 1
     
  • 92 percent of freshwater anglers fish in their state of residence. 1
     
  • 23 percent of freshwater anglers fish out of state. 1
     
  • 85 percent of freshwater anglers fish in flat water, including ponds, lakes and reservoirs. 1
     
  • 44 percent of freshwater anglers fish rivers and streams. 1
     
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U.S. Anglers by Age Group:
  • 17 percent of 16-to 17-year-olds fish, comprising 4 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • 13 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds fish, comprising 9 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • 19 percent of 25-to 34-year-olds fish, comprising 19 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • 21 percent of 35-to 44-year-olds fish, comprising 27 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • 17 percent of 45-to 54-year-olds fish, comprising 20 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • 16 percent of 55-to 64-year-olds fish, comprising 12 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • 8 percent of 65+ year-olds fish, comprising 9 percent of all anglers. 1
     
  • Fishing among 35- to 44-year-olds increased 60 percent between 1980 and 1995. It was the largest increase of any group. 7
     
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Where Anglers Live:
  • 40 percent of all anglers live in urban areas with populations of 1 million or more. 1
     
  • 20 percent of all anglers live in areas with populations of 250,000 to 999,999. 1
     
  • Urban areas contributed 18 percent more anglers in 1995 compared to 1980. 7
     
  • Rural areas contributed 13 percent more anglers in 1995 compared to 1980. 7
     
  • The South's 30 percent increase in the number of anglers from urban areas between 1980 and 1995 was the largest of any region. 7
     
  • 39 percent of all anglers live in the South. 5
     
  • 27 percent of all anglers live in the Midwest. 5
     
  • 20 percent of all anglers live in the West. 5
     
  • 15 percent of all anglers live in the Northeast. 5
     
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Economic Impact of Fishing: Top



Tax Revenue and Conservation:
  • Sport fishing generated more than $1.9 billion in state sales taxes in 2001. 4
     
  • In 2001, sport fishing generated more than $470 million in state income tax. 4
     
  • Sport fishing generated more than $4.8 billion in federal income tax in 2001. 4
     
  • In 1998, excise taxes applied to hunting, fishing and recreational shooting equipment and motorboat fuels provided more than $426 million to states for fish stocking, wildlife restoration and research, aquatic resource education, hunter education and other activities. 8
     
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Sources:
  1. U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-associated Recreation.
  2. National Sporting Goods Association. Sports Participation in 2001.
  3. Future of Fishing project conducted by Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Va.
  4. American Sportfishing Association. The 2001 Demographics and Economic Impact of Sport Fishing in the United States.
  5. Participation and Expenditure Patterns of African-American, Hispanic, and Women Hunters and Anglers. Addendum to the 1996 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
  6. Black Bass Fishing in the U.S. Addendum to the 1996 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
  7. 1980-1995 Participation in Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Watching. National and Regional Demographic Trends.
  8. Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Web site, restorewildlife.org.

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