Data: Minnesota fishing license sales drop to new low

Published 7:14 am Monday, July 16, 2018

ST. PAUL — Recent data from the state Department of Natural Resources shows fewer people are buying fishing licenses in Minnesota.

According to the department the number of licenses sold so far this year is down about 41,000, or 4.8 percent from the same time last year, the Star Tribune reported.

It’s also the second-lowest fishing license sales number on record for this period in almost 20 years. The lowest number came in 2013, when the department sold 800,337 angling licenses through the weekend after July 4.

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Jenifer Wical, marketing coordinator for the department’s Fish & Wildlife Division, said the report fits into long-term trend of lower participation that’s concerning. She said it shows that as elder anglers have been leaving the activity, but younger people haven’t been taking their places.

Sales this year also could’ve been hurt by the holiday falling in the middle of the week, along with rainy weather, said Wical.