Special Report on Fishing 2017

July 26, 2017

Looking at overall trends in fishing participation with data and analysis on specific fishing categories

Fishing participation was on the rise in 2016, increasing by 1.8%, or by 1.5 million participants, since the year before and reaching the highest participation rate since 2012. Indeed, in 2016, 47.2 million Americans, or 15.9% of the population ages 6 and up, participated in fishing at least once during the calendar year.

The “leaky bucket” analysis shows a net gain in fishing participants. There were more new/ returning participants (6.1 million people) than were lost (4.6 million people), contributing to a 1.5 million person increase in fishing participation from 2015 to 2016. The churn rate was only 10.2%, versus 14.2% in 2015.