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MNDNR FISHING FACTS

posted Apr 4, 2017, 5:05 PM by ByllesbyAssociation
Anglers and waters
  • There are about 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota
  • About 500,000 people are expected to fish on Minnesota’s opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 14
  • Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,500 of which are considered fishing lakes. There are over 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams. 
  • Average annual expenditure per angler in Minnesota is about $ 1,500.00
  • Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.
Participation and the economy
  • Fishing contributes $ 2.4 billion to the state’s economy in direct retail sales, ranking Minnesota third in the nation for angler expenditures. 1 
  • Fishing supports nearly 35,500 Minnesota jobs. 2 
  • Minnesota ranks second in resident fishing participation at 32 percent, second only to Alaska. 
Who goes fishing? 
  • Most resident anglers are from urban areas. However, a higher percentage of people living in rural Minneota fish compared the percentage of people living in urban areas who fish. 1 
  • Males account for 65 percent of fishing license holders. Females account for 35 percent.
Fishing habits 
  • Significantly more time is spent fishing on lakes than on rivers and streams. 1 
  • The average Minnesota angler spends 15 days fishing each year. 1 
  • Walleye are the most sought-after fish in Minnesota, followed by northern pike and muskie combined, then panfish, bass, crappie and trout.1 

Visit mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtwork for more information about how the DNR spends fishing license dollars, and select a Fisheries area to find local information.

Sources:
2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, (U.S. and Minnesota reports) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
Sportfishing in America, January 2013, produced by Southwick and Associates.
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ByllesbyAssociation,
Apr 4, 2017, 5:05 PM
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