Recreational Fishing - Statistics & Facts

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States. While participation has decreased slightly in recent years, more than 45.7 million Americans still took at least one fishing trip in 2015. Only running and biking activities had more participants. Fishing as a hobby is generally more prevalent with older generations, but more than 60 percent of participants were under 45 in 2015.

The number of annual outings among fishing participants can vary dramatically. In 2015, the largest share of fishermen went on four 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 and from boats. 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.

The average annual expenditure per consumer unit on fishing and hunting equipment has been sporadic in recent years. In 2015, average U.S. consumer unit spend reached 33.6 U.S. dollars. Equipment is not the only thing participants must purchase, they must also hold a fishing license in the United States. In 2015, there was more than 28 million paid license holders in the country. The gross cost of these fishing licenses exceeded 686 million U.S. dollars in that year.



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