Here are some fishing facts I found. Hope you enjoy them. ■ Nationwide, anglers spent about $41.5 billion in retail sales pursuing their sport during 2001. ■ $736,575,125 in retail sales was generated by Illinois anglers, which rippled through the economy to generate $1.6 billion in economic output for the state. ■ The Illinois fishing industry supports nearly 13,000 jobs and those workers earned $398 million in salaries and wages. ■ Fishing-related purchases in Illinois generated $9 million in state tax revenues and $73 million in federal income tax. ■ Illinois annually receives more than $5 million of Federal Aid for Sport Fish Restoration funds from excise taxes paid by anglers on purchases of fishing equipment and tackle. This money funds fisheries management and research. ■ Every year 1.2 million Illinois anglers (including kids less than 16 years old) fish 16.1 million days. ■ 15% of Illinois resident anglers are also hunters: 58% of Illinois resident hunters are also anglers. ■ Licensed resident anglers fish an average of 13 days/yr. In Illinois; licensed non-resident anglers fish an average of 5 days/year in Illinois. ■ Anglers spend an average of $37/angling day in Illinois for all fishing related expenses including: transportation, food, lodging, bait, equipment, clothing, boat, fuel, magazines, rentals, access fees, licenses, etc. Starfish have no brains.