Run a Data Query
Welcome to the Saltwater Recreational Data and Statistics query page. NOAA Fisheries maintains a searchable database of recreational saltwater fishing catch, effort, and participation data and statistics. Different types of queries 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 in tables or graphically. Results of the query can also be downloaded to a CSV file (readable by Excel and other programs).
Additional data and information are available on our Data Downloads page.
Data Release Schedule - General
Preliminary estimates of catch, effort, and participation are available approximately 45 days following 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.
Data Release Schedule – Specialized Surveys
Preliminary monthly LPS catch and effort estimates are available one month after the end of each one month sampling wave from June through October. Final LPS estimates, along with HMS Catch Card estimates, are available in early January.
Learn more about our surveys and how we’re making improvements to them.