Gone Fishing

June 1-8, 2014 is National Fishing and Boating Week, the perfect chance enjoy nice weather and connect with nature. In 2011, over 90 million U.S. residents – 38 percent of the population 16 years and older – enjoyed fish and wildlife-related recreation. (Click for state-specific data.)

Viewer Tip: Get outside and have fun! Many states offer free fishing days during Fishing and Boating Week. Make the most of Fishing and Boating Week with these tips to stay safe and healthy.

  • Be prepared for all kinds of weather. Check your local forecast and bring a jacket or sweater for cool mornings and evenings.  Bring rain gear along, too.
  • Listen carefully. If you are outside and hear thunder, immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes and other water bodies. Head for a substantial building or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle.
  • Protect your skin. Water reflects sunlight, which can increase the amount of UV reaching your skin. Wear sunscreen and lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Cover your head and your toes. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare, and sturdy shoes to protect your feet from sharp rocks.  If you are in a boat, wear shoes that will prevent slipping.
  • Take care of the environment. Make sure our waters and wildlife are available for others to enjoy in the future with smart fishing and boating practices.

Visit www.takemefishing.org for state-specific information about getting a fishing license and finding family-friendly fishing spots.


Participation in wildlife-related recreation in each state (by both residents and non-residents of the state, ages 16 and older). Data is from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

State Total Participants State Total Participants
Alabama 1.7 million Montana 570,000
Alaska 1 million Nebraska 558,000
Arizona 2.1 million Nevada 734,000
Arkansas 1.3 million New Hampshire 786,000
California 7.8 million New Jersey 2.4 million
Colorado 2.3 million New Mexico 783,000
Connecticut 1.4 million New York 5.5 million
Delaware 344,000 North Carolina 3.5 million
Florida 6.4 million North Dakota Not available
Georgia 3.1 million Ohio 4.3 million
Hawaii 465,000 Oklahoma 1.7 million
Idaho 838,000 Oregon 1.8 million
Illinois 3.8 million Pennsylvania 4.6 million
Indiana 2.3 million Rhode Island 402,000
Iowa 1.3 million South Carolina 1.7 million
Kansas 1.2 million South Dakota 662,000
Kentucky 1.7 million Tennessee 2.6 million
Louisiana 1.7 million Texas 6.3 million
Maine 1.1 million Utah 1 million
Maryland 1.6 million Vermont 512,000
Massachusetts 2.2 million Virginia 3.3 million
Michigan 4.4 million Washington 2.8 million
Minnesota 2.5 million West Virginia 1.2 million
Mississippi 1.4 million Wisconsin 3.5 million
Missouri 2.5 million Wyoming 775,000



(Sources: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: State Overview;” Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Take Me Fishing – Fishing in Warm Weather. http://takemefishing.org/fishing/fishopedia/fishing-safety/fishing-in-warm-weather/; National Weather Service, www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov)

Photo: National Parks Service

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