Whether fishing ponds, lakes or the deep blue seas, America's 49 million anglers are a formidable economic force. With $50 billion in annual retails sales and a $125 billion economic impact, recreational fishing is a powerhouse industry that shows no sign of slowing down.
Research by the U.S. Bureau of Analysis highlights the tremendous economic impact of sportfishing.
Fishing & boating make the greatest contribution to the outdoor sector, equating to $36.9 billion of Real Gross Output.
The Gross Output of outdoor recreation exceeds that of motor vehicle or computer manufacturing.
Freshwater fishing has a strong lead over the other categories bringing in $41.9 billion and an 11% increase in anglers since 2011.
Saltwater fishing added $18.9 billion to the economy - more than double the revenue of all Major League Baseball teams combined.
Great Lakes fishing reeled in $3.1 billion - more than the total value of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team.
Whether fishing from a high-dollar center console boat or wearing out the grass along a favored spot on a river bank, a successful day of fishing isn’t just measured in the amount and size of fish caught, but also in the essentials that make a day more fun and comfortable. To achieve fishing success, anglers must often first purchase fishing gear, bait, sunscreen, fuel, snacks, drinks, ice and more.