Women in Recreational Fishing survey results

In 2017, we conducted a survey to find out more about why women fish and how to get more females into the pastime! Below are the key findings from the survey:


  • Total number of responses: 1389
  • 93% of respondents currently fish
  • Most of those who fish go with their partner ( 62% of responses)
  • 80.8% of respondents go fishing to relax and unwind
  • Of those who don't fish, the most common response was that they did not have the right equipment or necessary experience.
  • Some of the challenges cited for women were:
    • Gender biases
    • Parenting responsibilities
    • Hygiene and cleaning issues (including toileting)
    • Personal safety concerns
  • 28.9% of respondents, though, did not believe there were any challenges particular to women

Do you currently go fishing?

Who do you go with

What is your motivation?

Why don't your females friends fish?

hosted fishing events

Are there any challenges?

Challenges perceived

Locations of respondents