Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published August 2, 2018
More than 49 million Americans cast a line in 2017, demonstrating a year-over-year increase of nearly 2 million anglers according to RBFF's 2018 Special Report on Fishing. At a time when Americans are collectively checking their phones more than 8 billion times a day, this new industry report shows that they are increasingly disconnecting and getting out on the water to catch fish.
"These are exciting figures that reflect the sustained growth in our industry," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "Getting more Americans to spend time outdoors is a crucial part of protecting our natural resources for future generations. The proceeds from fishing and boating licenses are reinvested directly into conservation and environmental education across the entire nation."
Key findings from the 2018 Special Report on Fishing include:
16.5 percent of US population participates in fishing.
30.1 million people were interested in taking up fishing or rejoining the activity. This is the highest number of Americans interested in fishing since this figure started to be recorded in 2010.
Americans took 885 million total fishing trips, or an average of 18 trips per participant.
New fishing participants accounted for 6 percent of total participation and tended to be young.
11.6 million youth participated in fishing, a 1.2 percent increase.
4.2 million Hispanics went fishing in 2017 - A 400,000 person increase and the highest participation rate since the report was created in 2007. On average, Hispanic anglers went on four more outings per year than the general market.
84.2 percent of fishing trips resulted in a catch, up slightly from last year.
Created in partnership with The Outdoor Foundation, the annual report summarizes data from 31,000 respondents to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at the state of U.S. fishing and boating participation. The full report, along with an accompanying infographic, is available in the RBFF Resource Center.