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Fishing Line Regulations

Fishing Regulations Ohio Freshwater Fishing

Banklines, Setlines, Floatlines, and Trotlines

BANKLINES OR SETLINES

A bankline or setline is a fishing line attached to the bank. Banklines or setlines may be used to catch turtles and fish. The name and address or customer identification number of the user must be attached to each line. The maximum is 50 lines, each having a single hook (not a treble hook). The lines must be attached to the shore above water, but not to a boat, dam, dock, pier, pole, rod, or wall. No more than six banklines or setlines may be used in Ohio’s public waters less than 700 surface acres in size. All lines must be checked once every 24 hours. All lines must be removed after completion of use.


FLOATLINES

A floatline is a fishing line suspended in the water under a float. Floats cannot be made of glass or other shatterable material. Floats must bear the name and address or customer identification number of the user. Floats must be freely adrift and be attended by the user at all times. A floatline can only have one single hook (not a treble hook). It is unlawful to set, use, or maintain more than six floatlines in all public waters of the state of Ohio less than 700 surface acres in size.

Floatline or jug fishing is permitted in:

  • All streams;
  • Sandusky Bay west of the Conrail Railroad bridge;
  • Berlin Lake south and west of State Route 225;
  • Mosquito Lake north of the causeway and south of a line of buoys designating the waterfowl refuge;
  • Charles Mill Lake north of State Route 430;
  • Clendening Lake east of State Route 799;
  • Seneca Lake south of State Route 147;
  • Tappan Lake above the gas line causeway and State Route 646;
  • Atwood Lake north and east of State Route 542 north at Dellroy;
  • Piedmont Lake in Sections 11 and 12 of Kirkwood Township;
  • Wills Creek Lake, except in the area directly in front of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District boat landing;
  • All public waters, except where prohibited by the owner in authority.


TROTLINES

A trotline is a fishing line having suspended from it, at frequent intervals, vertical lines with baited hooks attached. Trotlines must be marked with the name and address or customer identification number of the user. Trotlines must be anchored. A trotline cannot be made of wire or cable. A trotline cannot be capable of being removed from the water by pulling on the shore end of the line.

No more than three trotlines are permitted in any one body of water in the Inland Fishing District. Not more than 50 hooks per trotline are permitted. Trotlines may not be used within 1,000 feet downstream of any dam. All trotlines must be checked once every 24 hours.

A special trotline license is required in the Lake Erie Fishing District. This license may be obtained at the Sandusky Fisheries Research Unit, 305 East Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 (Phone: 419-625-8062).

Trotlines may be used only in:

  • Streams;
  • Mosquito Lake north of the causeway and south of a line of buoys designating the wildlife refuge;
  • Charles Mill Lake north of State Route 430;
  • Clendening Lake east of State Route 799;
  • Seneca Lake south of State Route 147;
  • Tappan Lake above the gas line causeway and State Route 646;
  • Atwood Lake north and east of State Route 542 north at Dellroy;
  • Piedmont Lake in sections 11 and 12 of Kirkwood Township;
  • Wills Creek Lake, except in the area directly in front of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District boat landing;
  • Berlin Lake south and west of State Route 225;
  • The inland part of Sandusky Bay commonly called Mud Creek Bay;
  • The area of Grand Lake St. Marys bounded on the west by Prairie Creek, on the east by Big Chickasaw Creek, and on the north by a line of buoys extending east to west between Big Chickasaw and Prairie creeks. Trotlines may not be set in channels or across the mouths of channels or streams in Grand Lake St. Marys.