At its most basic level, fishing requires a line, a hook, and a lure, three items attainable for under five bucks. How, then, has the industry grown into a billion-dollar one, and how, then, did anglers spend over $900,000,000 in Montana alone in 2014? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
$908,000,000: total estimated angling-related expenditures
$85: Average per-day expenditure, resident
$513: Average per-day expenditure, nonresident
$196,000,000: total resident expenditures
$712,000,000: total nonresident expenditures
2,297,942: resident angler days
1,206,366: nonresident angler days