As of 2018, 49.4 million Americans fished, spending 883 million days participating in the activity. Freshwater fishing accounted for 39 million participants, while 12.8 million people fished in saltwater, and many fished both.
Anglers spend $49.8 billion on fishing trips, with an average cost per trip of $1,290 in 2016. The biggest costs were bait, boat rental or purchase, and guide and land-use fees. More money was spent on fishing than birdwatching or hunting.
What type of fish are being caught? The top three freshwater fish are trout, catfish, and bass, while the top saltwater fish are American red snapper, mahi-mahi, and scamp grouper.
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