The report notes findings from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and Outdoor Foundation.
Per the Outdoor Foundation, fishing –whether freshwater, saltwater, or fly fishing–is the third most popular outdoor activity enjoyed by youths. This includes 19.5% of youth ages six to 24, or 15.6 million participants. With respect to overall participation of youths from ages 6 to 24, fishing had the third highest frequency of outing,–averaging 16.1 outings per fishing participants, or 251.4 million total outings. For adults aged 25 and over, fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity including 14.6% of adults, or 31.5 million participants. Like the youth demographic, the adult demographic determined fishing to be the third activity with respect to frequency of participation–40.1 average outings per fishing participant, or 627.9 million total outings.
Here are some other highlights from the Outdoor Foundation’s report:
- Fly fishing participation increased 9.8 percent over the last three years.
- Freshwater fishing participation increased 0.9 percent over the last three years.
- Saltwater fishing participation increased 4.0 percent over the last three years.
June 3-11, 2017, marks the annual National Fishing and Boating Week, in which states offer weekends of free fishing opportunities. To learn more about this annual celebration, visit TakeMeFishing.org.