WON Landing Page March 2022

2022 Special Report on Fishing Released Ahead of ICAST

RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation partnered to provide a comprehensive look at fishing participation in the U.S.

For the 12th consecutive year, RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation partnered to provide a comprehensive look at fishing participation in the U.S. The 2022 Special Report on Fishing explores participation trends alongside insights into motivations, barriers, and preferences of key groups identified as essential for future growth.

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As previously revealed, over fifty-two million Americans age 6+ went fishing in 2021, supporting a six-year upward trend.

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Leaky Bucket

While 3.7 million first timers and 8 million reactivated anglers went fishing, 14 million participants lapsed. That -18% churn rate resulted in an overall participation decline of 4%.

Shrinking Gender Gap

Women composed 37% of fishing participation in 2022, the highest level on record.

The participation rate among girls ages 6-12 and 13-17 grew 5% and 10%, respectively. With these increases, the difference in participation rate between boys and girls has shrunk to less than 4%.

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A Family Affair

Over half of participants tried fishing thanks to an invitation from their friends or family.

78% of anglers associated fishing with spending quality time with family or friends.

Growth Amongst Decline

While overall participation fell slightly from the historic high in 2020, African American participation increased almost 11% year over year.

In addition, over 300,000 more Hispanics went fishing in 2021 than in 2019.

About The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF):

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is a national, non-profit organization that has been leading the drive for over 20 years – in partnership with industry and government, and through its brands Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar – to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing, thereby helping to conserve and restore our country’s aquatic natural resources.

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