New data from the federal government confirms that anglers who enjoy Minnesota waters are a powerful engine for the state’s economy. Direct spending by resident and nonresident anglers in Minnesota totaled $2.4-billion in 2011. That amount includes $1.4-billion on equipment and $925-million on trip-related spending. Angler spending supports about 35,000 Minnesota jobs as well. Spending declined by about $315-million since the last survey in 2006, but only three states recorded higher spending on sport fishing than Minnesota: Florida, New York and Michigan.