Fish and Wildlife Economics and Statistics

On the Fence About Fishing – Why Anglers Lapse and Fishing Competitions

Mar 19, 2012 – On the Fence About Fishing-Why Anglers Lapse and Fishing Competitions – Recreational fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. According to the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service, 42 million youth and adults—13 percent of the U.S. population—go fishing every year. However, the actual number of anglers in this country is, in fact, much higher. A 2007 examination of state fishing license sales conducted on behalf of the American Sportfishing Association and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found less than 15 percent of Americans who had fished in the previous five years had fished every one of those years. The angler who goes fishing every year is a rare breed.