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In 2017, more than 49 million Americans from across the country took to the nation’s waterways to enjoy recreational fishing. People shed from shorelines, boats and riverbanks. Some kept their catch. Others released. But, they were all unified by the simple joy of fishing.

For the ninth year in a row, the Outdoor Foundation and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation have teamed up to produce the Special Report on Fishing to provide a comprehensive look at overall trends in participation as well as detailed information on speci c shing categories.

Insights include motivations, barriers and preferences of key groups. The report also identifies opportunities for engaging new audiences in fishing and examines less tangible perceptions about the sport. Special sections are dedicated to youth and Hispanic Americans, populations with potential for significant growth.