LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Louisiana is known as the sportsman’s paradise for a reason, and new data has come out to support that reputation.

According to new data from a research team from, Louisiana is the No. 1 state for fishing. The research team conducted a study that collected data in multiple categories such as overall water area, license quantity, license cost, charter cost and fishing sales.

Louisiana ranked well in license cost at $10 and water area with 9,174 square miles. According to the study, Louisiana had over $1.9 billion in fishing sales last year, making it one of the few states to score 89 or higher in three categories.

Louisiana emerged as the country’s number one overall fishing state with a composite score of 83.6 out of 100.