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.