The following information about fishing can be used in stories in preparation for the fishing opener on Saturday, May 10.
Anglers and waters
About 1.5 million licensed anglers About 500,000 people are expected to fish on opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 10. Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,400 of which are managed by DNR fisheries. There are 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,600 miles of trout streams. Average annual expenditure per angler is about $1,500. Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.
Fishing contributes $2.4 billion to the state’s economy in direct retail sales, ranking Minnesota fourth in the nation for angler expenditures. Fishing supports 35,400 jobs. Minnesota ranks second in resident fishing participation at 32 percent, second only to Alaska. Minnesota is the third most-popular inland fishing destination in the country. Minnesota ranks sixth among states with the highest number of anglers. The top three states are Florida, Texas and Michigan.
Most resident anglers-855,000 of them in fact-are from urban areas. The remaining 474,000 resident anglers live in greater Minnesota. Men account for 66 percent of resident anglers. Women account for 34 percent. Significantly more time is spent fishing on lakes rather than rivers and streams. The average Minnesota angler spends 15 days fishing each year, with 84 percent of resident anglers never fishing anywhere else but Minnesota.