High fuel prices crimp fishing trips

Duck numbers down, but similar to last year

Record high fuel prices are causing anglers to cut back on their fishing plans, according to a recent survey. And the impact of fuel prices among anglers appears to have escalated sharply since last summer.

In a June survey by AnglerSurvey.com, only 22% of anglers said that higher fuel prices would not affect their fishing activities this summer, compared to 35% who responded “no effect” to the same question in 2007. Likewise, 32% of anglers in 2008 said that high prices would affect their fishing plans, up sharply from the 22% who felt this way a year ago.

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has risen about 39% compared to a year ago—to $4.10 on July 2, according to the American Automobile Association.

Launched in 2006, AnglerSurvey.com helps the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries officials, and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. The list above represents only a small sample of the vast amount of information that is available from the complete survey results. The results are scientifically analyzed to reflect all U.S. anglers.