NOAA Fisheries maintains a searchable database of recreational saltwater fishing catch, effort, and participation data and statistics. Different query types are available to best meet your needs.
The queries are developed from common analyses and may answer most of your questions. Users can select desired criteria (e.g., years, states, species) and view results graphically or in tables. Query results can also be downloaded to a CSV file (readable by Excel and other programs).
Be sure to check out our data user FAQ and query video tutorial for information on data and query use and examples of common queries.
Additional data and information are available on our Data Downloads page.
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Preliminary estimates of catch, effort, and participation are available approximately 45 days after the end of a sampling wave.
For details on updates to available data and estimates, please see our Estimate Updates page
Final estimates are generally posted by April 15 of the following year. Please note, changes may occur between preliminary and final estimates due to quality control checks or changes in U.S. Census data that may impact our calculations.
Preliminary monthly catch and effort estimates from the Large Pelagics Survey (LPS) are available 1 month after the end of each 1-month sampling wave from June to October. Final LPS estimates, along with Highly Migratory Species Catch Card estimates, are available in early January.
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Before you explore the recreational fishing data offered by NOAA Fisheries, you may find it helpful to review some background materials:
NOAA Fisheries maintains a searchable database of recreational saltwater fishing catch, effort, and participation data. We offer a variety of specialized queries to meet your needs. The list below will help you find the one that is right for you.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? We also conduct custom data requests. Please be aware that custom requests can take 6-8 weeks to complete.