The black bass is the country’s most pursued fish. That’s one of the more not-so-surprising facts from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which is conducted about every five years.
Federal and state agencies, as well as organizations and industry, use detailed information in the survey to manage wildlife, market products, and recognize trends. You can read the detailed survey here, while Quick Facts are here.
For me, one of the more surprising --- and distressing--- revelations is that the 16 to 24 age group accounts for just 11 percent of the nation’s 33.1 million licensed fishermen. We’re not doing a very good job of passing on love of the sport to future generations. I think that it is time we recognize the youth angler as an endangered species and implement a recovery plan.
By contrast, those ages 45 to 54 account for 22 percent, while 35 to 44 and 55 to 64 total 18 percent each.