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US Fish & Wildlife is in the process of posting the 2001 angling census by state. Michigan is not on the web site yet (www.fws.gov), but some of the results are out. That's how our environmental director for the Michigan BASS Chapter Federation was able to post some of the results showing bass number 2 in Michigan behind panfish. I plan on getting a copy of the 2001 Michigan census as soon as it's posted. The national 2001 is out. For now, here's some of the results from the 1996 census (they do it about every 5 years since 1955):

1.8 million state residents and nonresidents 16 years old and older fished in Michigan.
1.5 million anglers (80%) were state residents and 368 thousand anglers (20%) were nonresidents.
Anglers fished a total of 28.7 million days in Michigan-an average of 16 days per angler.
State residents fished 26.6 million days, 93 percent of all fishing days within Michigan,
while nonresidents fished 2.1 million days-7 percent of all fishing days in the state.
Michigan residents spent 96 percent of their total fishing days, fishing in their resident state.

In-State Fishing Expenditures - residents and nonresidents 16 years old and older
Total $1.5 billion
Trip-related $583 million
Equipment $821 million
-Fishing $230 million
-Auxiliary and special $591 million
Other $102 million

The following are stats by type of fish. Anglers could answer more than one fish they were specifically targeting. '…' means the sample was too small to report reliably.
Number of Anglers by Type of Fish (excluding Great Lakes) in thousands:
Fish Total Residents Non-Residents

Total all 1,311 1,081 230
Panfish 846 746 99
Black bass 494 398 96
Walleye/sauger 298 246 51
Other 228 179 49
Trout 204 171 ...
Anything 140 117 ...
Crappie 136 126 ...
White bass 90 84 ...

Days of Fishing - excluding Great Lakes in thousands
Fish Total Residents Non-Residents

Total all 19,456 18,080 1,376
Panfish 11,355 10,848 507
Black bass 6,244 5,598 646
Walleye/sauger 3,803 3,597 206
Other 2,091 1,777 315
Anything 1,413 1,264 ...
Crappie 1,179 1,161 ...
Trout 1,102 992 ...
White bass 881 855 ...

Number of Great Lakes Anglers by Type of Fish in thousands
Fish Total Residents Non-Residents

Total all 674 518 156
Walleye/sauger 294 251 ...
Perch 291 253 ...
Salmon 197 151 45
Other 134 109 ...
Steelhead 109 96 ...
Anything 108 ... ...
Black bass 82 ... ...
Lake trout 78 ... ...

Days of Fishing - Great Lakes in thousands
Fish Total Residents Non-Residents

Total all 6,084 5,703 381
Walleye/sauger 2,712 2,608 ...
Perch 2,531 2,460 ...
Salmon 1,190 1,068 123
Steelhead 1,108 1,074 ...
Other 529 487 ...
Anything 478 ... ...
Lake trout 404 ... ...
Black bass 265 ... ...

Number of Anglers by Type of Fish - TOTAL in thousands:
Fish Total Residents Non-Residents

Total all 1,985 1,599 386
Panfish 846 746 99
Walleye/sauger 592 497 51
Black bass 576 398 96
Other 496 397 49
Trout/SH/LT 391 267 ...
Perch 291 253 ...
Anything 248 117 ...
Salmon 197 151 45
Crappie 136 126 ...
White bass 90 84 ...

Days of Fishing - TOTAL in thousands
Fish Total Residents Non-Residents

Total all 25,540 23,783 1,757
Panfish 11,355 10,848 507
Walleye/sauger 6,515 6,205 206
Black bass 6,509 5,598 646
Other 2,620 2,264 315
Trout/SH/LT 2,614 2,066 ...
Perch 2,531 2,460 ...
Anything 1,891 1,264 ...
Salmon 1,190 1,068 123
Crappie 1,179 1,161 ...
White bass 881 855 ...
 

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Great stuff, thanks for posting. The bass fishing numbers between the Great Lakes and the others is pretty interesting.
 

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Great info Dan. I expected to see higher numbers for trout and salmon than that. I guss us "bass guys" are not so insignifigant in the state afterall.

Also the out of state numbers were higher than I expected.

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