Long Live The Freshwater King

Bass is king again as the overwhelming favorite target of American anglers, an AnglerSurvey report from late 2012 shows.

Largemouth or spotted bass were the top species sought, coming in at 55.3 percent. And after panfish at 35 percent, smallmouth bass were the next favorite at 26.7 percent.

Trout, catfish and walleye are among the top 10, and the sturgeon is the bottom feeder with only 0.3 percent of anglers targeting them.

Fishing Facts

60 Million
There are approximately 60 million anglers in the U.S. of which 46 million are estimated to fish in a given year.

1 Out Of Every 4
One of every four anglers fishes in saltwater.

16 Percent
Fishing tackle sales grew over 16 percent in the past five years.

11 Percent
Since 2006, angler numbers grew 11 percent.

34+ Million
More Americans fish than play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million) combined.

51st
If fishing were a company, the amount spent by anglers to support fishing-related retail sales would rank number 51 on the Fortune 500™ list.

48 Billion
Fishing generated more revenue ($48 billion) than Lockheed Martin ($47 billion), Intel ($44 billion), Chrysler ($42 billion) or Google ($38 billion).

17 States
The economic activity generated by sportfishing is greater than the economy, measured in Gross State Product, of 17 states.

46 Million
At more than 46 million anglers, more than twice the number of people fished in 2011 than attended every NFL game combined.

American Sportfishing Association (ASA)