Fishing Participation Up

National Survey—The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation tracks the number of U.S. residents 16 years of age and older who fished, hunted, or watched wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts this survey every 5 years. Some national overview facts from first preliminary report of the 2011 survey:
11 percent more people fished in 2011 than in 2006, after decades of declining numbers. The largest increase was by Great Lakes anglers, a 17-percent increase in participation.
•    Anglers averaged 17 days of fishing in 2011.
More than 33 million people fished in 2011, spending $41.8 billion on trips, equipment, licenses, and other items, an average of $1,262 per angler.
While participation in fishing increased from 2006 to 2011, total fishing-related expenditures declined 11 percent.

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