Top 5 Most Popular Game Fish In America [Freshwater & Saltwater]
By: Joe Simonds on December 13, 2016
Do you know the #1 game fish for saltwater and freshwater?
Recently, we had a conversation at the Salt Strong headquarters about the most popular fish to catch in America.
After some debate, we all agreed it was a little bit easier to guess the top spot for freshwater, but not so easy for saltwater fish.
So I decided to do some research online, we found that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service releases new survey results every five years (in partnership with the U.S. Census) – you can see more here.
The bad news is the latest fishing survey results were from 2011… the good news is that the latest numbers will be released early next year (so we will do an update next year).
In the meantime, here are the top game fish in America.
No surprise that the black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) was the winner by a large margin.
So what did you think?
See some surprises on here?
Personally, I was surprised to see the bluefish in the top 5 most popular saltwater fish.
I thought grouper and snapper would have been on there above bluefish and striped bass (which is probably true for Florida, but not the rest of America).
At any rate, cool to see these most popular game fish.
Can’t wait to see if it changes in next year’s update.
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