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How To Get an Ohio Fishing License


How To Get an Ohio Fishing License
(Courtesy of the Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism) Lake Erie Walleye

Lake Erie Walleye

(courtesy of the US Dept. of Fish and Wildlife) How To Get an Ohio Fishing License
(courtesy of Discover Ohio)

Ohio's Lake Erie shoreline as well as the state's many rivers and inland lakes offer excellent fishing opportunities, but first you must get an Ohio fishing license. It's easy and affordable. Learn how here. Note: The Ohio generally offers a weekend of free fishing (no license required) in early May each year for Ohio residents.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Who Needs a License?
    All anglers in Ohio need a valid license, except:
    • Anglers under 16
    • Anglers in a private pond
    • Anglers assisting a disabled fisherman
    • Those fishing on their own land
    • Tenants fishing on the land where they live
    • US Armed Forces personnel on leave or furlough
  2. Resident License Fees: (6 months residency required)
    • Standard License (ages 16 - 65) - $19.00
    • Senior License (ages 66 - 70) - $10
    • Age 70 and older - no charge (but you still need a license)
    • One Day Fishing License - $11
  3. Non-Resident License Fees:
    • One Year Non-resident License - $40
    • Three-day Tourist License - $19
  4. Special FREE Licenses: The following people must have a license, but there is no charge for it.
    • Disabled Veterans
    • Former POWs
    • Residents of State and County Institutions
    • Physically Disabled persons
  5. Where to Buy Your License:
    Ohio fishing licenses may be purchased online via the Ohio Wildlife website. Alternately, you can purchase a license at one of the hundreds of outlets throughout the state. These are listed at the same website.

    (last updated 12-05-10)

What You Need:

  • Cash, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card for payment
  • Proof of Residency (if applicable)

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