Fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults, according to the 2015 Special Report on Fishing released recently by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) at the Outdoor Foundation at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show (ICAST) in Orlando, Fla. The report reveals that more than 2.4 million people had their very first fishing experience in 2014, and a total of 46 million Americans participated in fishing.
"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."
"Recreational fishing is an essential piece of America's outdoor tradition, often leading children to a love of the outdoors and a healthy, active lifestyle," said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation.
"We hope this report will help the fishing industry — and the entire outdoor industry — engage young fishing participants and ultimately create the next generation of passionate outdoor enthusiasts."
The sixth annual report details fishing participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geography.
Overall Participation – 46 million Americans (15.8% of the U.S. population ages 6 and older) participated in fishing in 2014
Women Anglers – More than 47% of first-time fishing participants are female
Outdoor Activity – Among adult outdoor participants, fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity
Newcomers – More than 2.4 million people had their first fishing experience in 2014
Social – Nearly 82% of fishing trips involve more than one person
Youth – Fishing participation as a child has a powerful effect on future participation – more than 85% of adult anglers fished as a child, before the age of 12
Future Participants – Almost 4.3 million youth (11%) would like to try fishing, a growth opportunity for the industry
Number of Outings for Hispanic Participants – Hispanic fishing participants average 25.8 days on the water per year; over six days more than the average for all fishing participants (19.4 days)
Spontaneous – 81% of fishing trips are spontaneous or planned within a week of the trip
Motivation – Spending time with family and friends continue to be the largest reason to participate in fishing, specifically, 72.2% for ages 6-12 and 66.8% for ages 13-17