- In 2022, 273,444 resident fishing license were sold in Alaska generating $5.2 million in revenue. 351,583 non resident licenses were sold generating $14.5 million in revenue. THANK YOU NON RESIDENTS!
- Alaska is the “fishingest” state with 64% of the population participating as anglers, followed by Wyoming at 58%, South Dakota at 48%, Rhode Island at 38% and Oklahoma at 37%.
- Alaska’s statewide congressional district has the largest sport fishing economy in the nation at $631.8 million. Minnesota’s 8th congressional district is second.
- Nationwide, 52.4 million anglers across the U.S. contribute $148 billion in economic output and support 945,500 jobs while also contributing $1.8 billion toward conservation through taxes and donations.
- There are approximately 74 million anglers in the United States; of those, roughly 50 million fish each year.
- Recreational fishing generates $51.2 billion in retail sales each year nationally. Fishing produces $16.4 billion in state and federal tax revenues. More than 826,000 jobs are supported by recreational angling.
- The top 4 states for economic impact of fishing are Florida at $13.9 billion, Texas at $7.7 billion, California at $6.2 billion, and Minnesota $4.2 billion.
- More Americans fish than play golf (20.9 million) and tennis (13.1 million) combined.*
And, the final did you know is…I wasn’t able to get the dock in this past weekend. I’m crossing my fingers there will be enough water to float it out later this month or in early June. Time will tell.
Here the dock sits, dry for now. The big ball of sticks high up in the cottonwood tree is a bald eagles nest.
Last summer, the couple on the left started to build the nest. It appears to be done, but so far I haven’t seen any young ones poking their heads out.
A final photo. As I write, there’s still snow on the ground. With over sixteen hours of daylight and temperatures above 50 degrees in the forecast, the white stuff should be gone within the week. Thank goodness.
*Source: American Sportfishing Association