Recent Summary of Canadian Recreational Fishing.

Posted on April 8th, 2019
  • Resident anglers continued to make up the majority of the active angler population in Canada, particularly in Ontario and Quebec, which accounted for 53% of all active resident anglers.
  • The population of active adult anglers is older relative to the general population. Almost half of Canadian anglers (42%), for example, were in the 45-64 age group.
  • The average number of days fished per angler was 15 days in 2015 compared with 13 days in 2010.
  • Canadian non-resident and foreign anglers made over 2.6 million trips within Canada in 2015.
  • Walleye was the most predominant species caught nationally, representing 26% of the total catch, followed by trout, northern pike, perch and bass.
  • Trout was the most predominant species harvested by resident anglers, while walleye was the predominant species among all non-resident anglers.
  • Anglers contributed a total of $7.9 billion to various local economies in Canadian provinces and territories in 2015.
  • $5.3 billion was in the form of investments and major purchases of durable goods related to recreational fishing activities.
  • $2.5 billion covered direct recreational fishing expenditures during fishing trips, such as package deals, transportation, food, lodging, fishing services, and fishing supplies
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