Good News: Fishing Participation Continues to Rise

Recent findings from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation found that fishing participation is up again.

Forthcoming information by both Outdoor Foundation Outdoor Recreation Participation Report and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Historical Fishing License Sales Data have concluded an uptick in fishing for the second year in a row.

This comes after a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife report showing an 8.2% in fishing participation during the 2011-2016 period.

  • Fishing participation rose 4% to 49.1 million total participants in 2017
  • Fishing license sales increased 1.3% in 2017, making for a 4.3% increase over the last 10 years

Other initial findings found that there was a similar increase in fishing participation among young people, females, Hispanics, and first-time anglers.

This is encouraging news for the fishing industry. Alternatively, hunting participation numbers have declined but are going to be addressed by Zinke's Department of Interior, state wildlife agencies, and the hunting industry at large through efforts like R3.

Fish on!