Sales and Imports

Sales and Imports

Recreational fishing is big business, generating more than $115 billion in economic output and more than 828,000 jobs. If sportfishing were a corporation, it would rank 51 on the Fortune 500™ list. The economic contributions of recreational fishing have grown steadily over the last several decades.

This section provides a range of trade-related data including angler spending, wholesale shipments and retail trends, imports and more.

Detailed information on angler sales and economics is available to ASA members. For general information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, (703) 519-9691 x227.

For more information about sales and imports, contact

  • Sportfishing in America
    Despite competition from video games and other similar activities and increased urbanization, recreational angling remains one of the largest outdoor recreational activities in the nation as well as one of the most solid industries in the United States.