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Ohio Fishing License Information

Fishing Regulations Ohio Freshwater Fishing

License Fees

LICENSES VALID MARCH 1, 2017 to FEBRUARY 28, 2018

LICENSE TYPE

COST

Resident Fishing License

For persons age 16 through 65 who have resided in Ohio for the past six months.

$19.00
Resident Reduced-Cost Senior Fishing License

For persons age 66 and older, born on or after January 1, 1938

who have resided in Ohio for the past six months.

$10.00
One-Day Fishing License

For residents and nonresidents, the purchase of a One-Day Fishing License may be applied as credit toward the purchase of an annual fishing license (minus writing fee). Only one may be applied to the purchase of an annual license.

$11.00
Lake Erie Charter One-Day Fishing License

For residents and nonresidents, the license may be purchased in advance of a scheduled charter trip. To validate the license, anglers must sign it and fill in the date at the beginning of the trip. If the trip is postponed, anglers may keep the unvalidated license until they are able to reschedule the trip.

$11.00
Annual Nonresident Fishing License $40.00
Three-Day Nonresident Tourist’s Fishing License $19.00
Duplicate License

A fishing license that has been lost, stolen, or destroyed can be reissued from any license vendor or via the Internet.

* Free reprints are available at wildohio.gov beginning March 1, 2017.

$4.00 *
ALL ABOVE COSTS INCLUDE A $1.00 WRITING FEE

License Purchasing

FISHING LICENSES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL AUTHORIZED LICENSE SALES AGENTS AND AT WILDOHIO.GOV.

  • Licenses and permits purchased at retail outlets or at home will be printed on plain white paper. The paper can be trimmed and folded down. It is highly recommended to protect your licenses from the elements.
  • Licenses purchased using a mobile device will be emailed to the customer upon completion of the transaction. Licenses are not required to be printed as long as the image of the license can be displayed on a mobile device and presented upon request. The Lake Erie Charter One-Day Fishing License is not available for purchase from a mobile device and is not valid for use unless printed.
  • Operator assisted short-term licenses are available for purchase by calling 1-866-703-1928 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. A $5.50 fee will be added to the cost of the license.
  • An Ohio resident is a person who has resided in the state of Ohio for the past six consecutive months. All others are considered nonresidents and must purchase a nonresident license.

License Requirements

  • A fishing license is required to take fish, frogs, and turtles from Ohio waters.
  • Persons fishing in privately owned ponds, lakes, or reservoirs to and from which fish do not migrate are not required to have a license to take fish, but must have one to take frogs or turtles.
  • Persons fishing in privately owned ponds, lakes, or reservoirs that are open to public fishing through an agreement or lease with the ODNR Division of Wildlife are required to have a fishing license.
  • Persons fishing must have their license in their possession while fishing and must show the license to anyone on request. Licenses can be displayed using a mobile device.
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Ohio, but not on leave or furlough are required to purchase a resident license.

License Exemptions

A FISHING LICENSE IS NOT REQUIRED OF PERSONS WHO ARE:

  • Less than 16 years of age;
  • Giving assistance to an angler who has been issued the free mobility impaired or blind fishing license, provided the two persons together are using only one line;
  • Fishing in a private pond;
  • Fishing on land and water which they or their parents own, except where the land is in or borders on state parks or state-owned lakes;
  • Fishing on land and water where they or their parents are tenants on which they reside, and from which they derive the majority of their income from agricultural production on that land (except state-owned lakes);
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty while on leave or furlough;
  • On May 6 and 7, 2017, all Ohio residents may fish without a license as part of Free Fishing Days.

Free Licenses

  • Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 can obtain a free license at any license outlet, or online at wildohio.gov.
  • The following Ohio residents are also eligible for a free license, but must submit a formal application (Form DNR 9032), which is available by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543):
  • Persons who are mobility impaired and require the assistance of another person to cast and retrieve;
  • Holders of veteran license plates displaying the international wheelchair symbol;
  • Certain veterans who are permanently disabled;
  • Residents of state and county institutions;
  • Former prisoners of war.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER REQUIREMENT

Any customer who applies for a license is required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN). Federal Statute 42 requires the SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. Applicants who do not have an active SSN must affirm their status at the time of application. Applicants must also declare their residency and provide their full name, date of birth, gender, address, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Once provided and recorded in the licensing system, applicants will only be required to update their information on file if it changes.