Culture News Fishing Participation Up Jeff Simpson December 12th, 2012 | More From Jeff Simpson Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+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. In-Fisherman Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More culture Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!