By Louie Stout

Is fishing big business in Michiana?

It depends what you consider big business, but it definitely contributes to the economy throughout this region, according to the most recent statistics provided by the American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates.

For example, in Jackie Walorski’s Indiana Congressional District 2, 167,062 anglers spent $64.7 million on fishing-related retail purchases in Indiana during 2017.