Report shows a growing interest in fishing last year in U.S.

Alexandria, Va. — Forty-six million Americans, or 15.8 percent of the U.S. population ages 6 and older, participated in fishing last year, according to the 2015 Special Report on Fishing released by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. 

The report details the state of fishing participation throughout the country in 2014, offering detailed information on participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and region. 

“We are pleased with the findings of this report, including the 2.4 million newcomers who tried fishing for the first time in 2014,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Fishing remains a popular outdoor activity and with increasing numbers of newcomers, we look to growing overall participation in the future, securing critical support for state conservation efforts.”

Now in its seventh year, the report provides a comprehensive look at overall trends in participation. The report also looks into barriers, motivating factors and preferences of key groups while also identifying opportunities for engaging new audiences. 

Key findings in the report

• Outdoor Activity: Among adult outdoor participants, fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity 

• Newcomers: More than 2.4 million people, had their very first fishing experience in 2014 

• Women anglers: More than 47 percent of first-time fishing participants are female 

• Social: Nearly 82 percent of fishing trips involve more than one person 

• Youth: Fishing participation as a child has a powerful effect on future participation – more than 85 percent of adult anglers fished as a child, before the age of 12 

• Almost 4.3 million youth (11 percent) would like to try fishing.

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