The number of people fishing was up last year — with women and kids leading the way — according to a 2013 Special Report on Fishing and Boating by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and The Outdoor Foundation.
In total, more than 47 million people fished in 2012. Of those, 4.5 million tried fishing for the first time, a significant increase from 2011. Forty-one percent of all first-time fishing participants were female. That's the highest number of new participants ever recorded.
"We're extremely pleased to see the number of first-time anglers and participation overall continue to rise," said RBFF President Frank Peterson. "Increased participation, in both fishing and boating, leads to increased license sales, and boat registrations, key sources for funding state fish and wildlife conservation programs."
The report provides information on fishing participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geography. Some details worth noting:
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation spoke with Orvis Merchandise Coordinator Christine Penn to see how the uptrend in female fishers is affecting new products directed toward women.