Increase mirrors fishing’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s
State DNR agencies reported, as of September 1, 2009, a 7.7% positive change in the number of licenses sold year-to-date compared to the same months last year. The same states also saw a seven percent increase in the number of licenses sold in July 2009 compared with July 2008.
Fishing license sales increased at a faster rate in the 1st quarter of 2009 compared to the 2nd quarter. Increases of 20% or more were common in the first quarter. However, a larger volume of sales occurred in the second quarter ― the peak period for license sales nationally ― and had a greater effect on the year-to-date sales trend than first quarter license sales.
In general, more fishing licenses are sold during the 2nd quarter than any other time of the year. Reasons for the 2009 license sales increases range from a slow economy, allowing people more time to engage in outdoor activities, to recreational fishing being a lower cost alternative to other forms of recreation
Source: GREAT LAKES BASIN REPORT