Fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults, according to the 2016 Special Report on Fishing released today by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Outdoor Foundation at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades Show (ICAST) in Orlando, Fla. The report reveals that more than 2.5 million people had their very first fishing experience in 2015, and a total of 45.7 million Americans (15.6 percent of the U.S. population) participated in fishing.
"We are pleased to see many positive trends in this report such as increases for first-time, youth, and Hispanic participants," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "Previous research tells us 126 million people have tried fishing, but with only 46 million actively participating, we have a big opportunity in front of us. The insights from this research will help RBFF and the fishing/boating industries ensure future growth for the sport, and the state conservation efforts that rely on it."