Great news for anglers and fishing industry according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to data released by the USFWS, the number of people who bought sportfishing licenses in 2016 increased 1.2 percent over 2015 levels. With a drop of 4.7% in 2011 there has been an overall increase fishing license sales of 5.8 percent since, with 2016 representing the fourth consecutive year of license sale increases.
Full Story in this link from the American Sportfishing Association: https://asafishing.org/2016-fishing-license-sales-up-2017-estimates-are-slightly-down/
Check this link for detailed of license sales dating back to the 1970’s: https://asafishing.org/member-resource-center/facts-and-figures/angler-participation/historic-fishing-license-sales-data/historic-fishing-license-sales-trends/