Recreational Fishing: Statistics and Facts

Recreational Fishing - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and Data on Recreational Fishing

Fishing is a popular outdoor activity in the United States. Almost 48 million people participated in freshwater, saltwater and/or fly fishing in the U.S. in 2012. Around 12 million of these fishing participants were aged between 6 and 17 years and 4.65 million were aged between 18 and 24 years. The number of paid fishing license holders, though considerably lower than the number of participants, amounted to 29.32 million in 2009.


Angling related expenditure was at about 42 billion U.S. dollars in 2011. This expenditure includes spending on equipment (37% of total spendings), transportation (15%), food (13%), lodging (5%), license and fees (1%) and other trip costs/expenditure (28%).
Consumer spending on fishing tackle equipment, for example, is estimated to be at around 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2012. The average retail price of a rod-reel fishing combinations was at 54.61 U.S. dollars in 2011.
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Top Statistics about Recreational fishing - Statista Dossier 2012

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