Fishing License Sales Trends - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
License Year Paid License Holders Resident Licenses, Tags, Permits & Stamps Non-Resident Licenses, Tags, Permits & Stamps Total Licenses, Tags, Permits & Stamps Gross Cost % Change in # of Holders Compared to Previous Year:
1973 26,212,001 28,531,229 4,954,252 33,485,481 $118,406,250 -
1974 27,079,305 29,555,201 4,750,288 34,305,489 $127,793,568 3.3%
1975 27,510,493 30,002,969 4,676,838 34,679,807 $141,572,033 1.6%
1976 27,818,484 29,855,826 5,080,657 34,936,483 $154,580,846 1.1%
1977 27,324,396 28,611,864 4,979,544 33,591,408 $156,146,998 -1.8%
1978 26,169,156 27,935,970 4,861,711 32,797,681 $158,948,929 -4.2%
1979 27,947,397 30,276,205 5,121,407 35,397,612 $173,921,156 6.8%
1980 27,994,917 30,127,204 5,055,704 35,182,908 $196,823,591 0.2%
1981 29,234,772 31,982,601 5,339,274 37,321,875 $212,750,119 4.4%
1982 29,511,854 32,104,614 5,139,675 37,244,289 $226,877,205 0.9%
1983 29,130,543 32,516,501 5,304,512 37,821,013 $243,629,650 -1.3%
1984 28,776,490 30,983,499 5,068,685 36,052,184 $259,678,246 -1.2%
1985 29,776,079 30,499,210 5,176,347 35,675,557 $282,442,744 3.5%
1986 30,359,462 30,437,437 5,539,669 35,977,106 $301,789,679 2.0%
1987 30,345,714 30,958,074 5,546,776 36,504,850 $315,794,372 0.0%
1988 31,478,490 31,296,259 5,541,972 36,838,231 $329,833,031 3.7%
1989 30,175,983 28,123,981 5,609,888 33,733,869 $305,033,971 -4.1%
1990 30,731,821 31,166,643 5,925,331 37,091,974 $364,240,069 1.8%
1991 30,742,212 31,115,924 5,872,234 36,988,158 $374,928,592 0.0%
1992 30,623,765 31,372,398 6,013,967 37,386,365 $398,482,199 -0.4%
1993 30,184,801 31,879,297 6,138,710 38,018,007 $411,749,167 -1.4%
1994 30,243,196 31,558,446 6,343,578 37,902,024 $445,304,112 0.2%
1995 30,498,008 31,501,355 6,533,430 38,034,785 $450,537,771 0.8%
1996 29,839,850 30,790,243 7,074,407 37,864,650 $446,517,995 -2.2%
1997 29,188,537 30,143,097 6,584,335 36,727,432 $462,937,167 -2.2%
1998 29,323,423 30,548,553 6,565,027 37,113,580 $483,299,912 0.5%
1999 29,713,123 31,305,522 6,532,275 37,837,797 $481,211,452 1.3%
2000 29,585,729 30,871,523 6,735,571 37,607,094 $478,090,859 -0.4%
2001 29,452,379 31,043,368 6,816,182 37,859,550 $498,765,362 -0.5%
2002 28,859,584 31,344,300 6,607,135 37,951,435 $500,106,181 -2.0%
2003 27,908,272 31,000,424 6,564,270 37,564,694 $512,970,894 -3.3%
2004 28,466,875 31,612,513 6,808,754 38,421,267 $540,933,776 2.0%
2005 28,199,068 30,250,922 6,532,979 36,783,901 $556,834,538 -0.9%
2006 28,128,889 29,158,925 6,416,925 35,575,850 $586,623,249 -0.2%
2007 28,138,820 30,029,222 6,598,767 36,627,989 $604,177,855 0.0%
2008 28,390,641 29,716,669 6,546,551 36,263,220 $621,528,399 0.9%
2009 28,396,914 29,914,175 6,380,811 36,294,986 $634,155,313 0.02%
2010 29,323,585 30,830,371 6,747,532 37,577,903 656,784,543 3.3%
2011 27,947,598 29,486,923 6,499,040 35,985,963 $637,650,071 -4.7%
2012 27,928,942 30,386,127 6,672,755 37,058,882 $652,974,053 -0.1%
2013 28,463,499 31,015,360 7,051,542 38,066,902 $686,149,078 1.9%
2014 29,037,992 31,378,181 7,176,906 38,555,087 $686,085,205 2.0%
2015 29,400,950 31,261,229 7,141,214 38,402,443 $708,688,945 1.2%