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  • Over 50 million Americans fished last year, the highest number in over a decade.
  • More than 3 million Americans tried fishing for the first time last year.
  • Fishing is among the most popular “gateway” activities; accessible activities that often lead to other forms of outdoor recreation.
  • A record 7 million Americans fly fished in 2019.
  • 1.2 million children ages 6 to 12 tried fishing for the first time last year–up 10 percent in the last three years.
  • Hispanic fishing participants reached a record 4.4 million last year.
  • 17.9 million women reported fishing last year–a record number.