Recreational Fishing - Statistics & Facts

Recreational Fishing - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on recreational fishing

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. While participation has decreased slightly in recent years, more than 55 million Americans still took at least one fishing trip in 2013. Only running and biking activities had more participants. Fishing as a hobby is generally more prevalent with older generations, but more than ten million youths between the ages of six and 17 years also took part in 2013.


The number of annual outings among fishing participants can vary dramatically. In 2013, the largest share of fishermen went on one to eleven trips, but a small percentage clocked up outings of more than 104. The most popular locations for these trips included the shoreline and river banks. For many people, the positive attributes of participating in fishing include the chance to enjoy nature and to escape from the demands of everyday life.

Fishing, however, can come at a cost. In 2013, U.S. consumers spent more than 1.5 billion U.S. dollars on fishing tackle equipment, with the average cost of a fishing reel at 59 dollars and a rod-reel fishing combination at around 53 dollars. That year, the gross cost of fishing licenses exceeded 637 million U.S. dollars.


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