OHIO FREE FISHING DAYS CELEBRATED MAY 3 AND 4|
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio residents are encouraged to take advantage of
Free Fishing Days on May 3 and 4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has
to offer. During these two days only, Ohioans may fish in any of the state's
public waters without having to purchase a fishing license, according to the
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
At all other times of the year, anglers older than 16 years of age
are required to have a valid fishing license. An annual resident fishing
license costs $15. People aged 66 and older can obtain a free fishing
license at any license vendor. A one-day fishing license is also available
for $7, and that amount can later be redeemed for credit toward purchase of
an annual fishing license. A fishing license is normally required to take
fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters.
Ohio's Free Fishing Days was established in 1993 to promote fishing
and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer
is open to Ohio residents, and extends to all public waters, including Lake
Erie and the Ohio River. An estimated 1.5 million people fish each year in
Great fishing exists across the state, with Ohio anglers enjoying a
wide range of fishing opportunities: from Lake Erie's renown walleye to Ohio
River striped bass, and thousands of miles of streams in between with
plentiful smallmouth bass, muskie, catfish, crappie and bluegill.