Fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activity for adults and more than 2.5 million people had their very first fishing experience in 2015 for an increase of 4 percent over 2014.
Youth and Hispanic participation increased, leading to a total of 45.7 million Americans — 15.6 percent of the U.S. population — participating in fishing last year, according to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.
Fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity for adults ages 25 and over, behind running and jogging.
Freshwater fishing remains the most popular type of fishing with almost 38 million people participating in 2015. It also has the highest rate of email and youth participants, with 34.4 percent and 33 percent respectively, according to the study.
Almost 83 percent of participants fished as a child, making youth participation a powerful motivator for future participation.
The number of Hispanic fishing participants increased 3 percent in 2015 to 3.4 million. Hispanic anglers spend 6.2 more days per year fishing than their general market counterparts, according to the study.
In addition to overall trends in participation, the report also looks at barriers, motivating factors and preferences of key groups, along with opportunities for engaging new audiences.