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Fishing Facts

More than 44 million Americans six years of age and older enjoy fishing every year.

An average angler spends $1,261 every year on the sport.

33.1 million Americans ages 16+ spent an average of 17 days fishing.

Anglers spent a total of $15.5 billon dollars on fishing gear in 2011, and an additional $21.8 billion on trip related items such as food and lodging.

Over one quarter of all anglers are female.

Hunters and anglers support more jobs nationwide than the number of people employed by Wal-Mart.

Through license sales and excise taxes on equipment, hunters and anglers pay for most fish and wildlife conservation programs.

Anglers and boaters have paid $3.6 billion in excise taxes since 1952.

Recreational anglers spend a staggering $41.5 billion a year to fish. This has tremendous economic impacts.

Anglers spend almost $300 million a year just on ice.

Anglers spend more than $1 billion a year on bait alone


Sources: US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation; Southwick Associates. Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation. Produced for the National Shooting Sports Foundation in partnership with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 2012