There are approximately 60 million anglers in the U.S. of which 46 million are estimated to fish in a given year.
One of every four anglers fishes in saltwater.
Fishing tackle sales grew more than 16 percent in the past five years.
Since 2006, angler numbers grew 11 percent
More Americans fish than play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million) combined.
If fishing were a company, the amount spent by anglers to support fishing-related retail sales would rank number 51 on the Fortune 500 list.
Fishing generated more revenue ($48 billion) than Lockheed Martin ($47 billion), Intel ($44 billion), Chrysler ($42 billion) or Google ($38 billion).
The economic activity generated by sportfishing is greater than the economy, measured in Gross State Product, of 17 states.
At more than 46 million anglers, more than twice the number of people fished in 2011 than attended every NFL game combined.
These statistics come from Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation. It is a report produced by Southwick Associates for the American Sportfishing Association.