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Ohio River Regulations

Fishing Regulations Ohio Freshwater Fishing

The following Ohio River fishing regulations are the result of agreements between the fish and wildlife agencies of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Some regulations differ between the OhioKentucky border (Western Unit) and the OhioWest Virginia border (Eastern Unit). Anglers must abide by regulations in each state’s fishing digest for information not specified below.

– It is Illegal to snag fish in the Ohio waters of the Ohio River for any species during any time of the year.


Ohio River Agreement Regulations

WESTERN UNIT • Ohio – Kentucky

Lawrence County west of South Point, and Scioto, Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Hamilton counties. Ohio and Kentucky will honor the other state’s fishing licenses along their common borders on the main stem and from the banks of the Ohio River, excluding embayments and tributaries.

UNIFIED REGULATIONS

The following are the ONLY unified regulations in this agreement

and must be followed when fishing within the Western Unit.

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Black & White Crappie 30 None
Muskellunge 2 30 inches
Striped, Hybrid-Striped, & White Bass 30 (no more than 4 over 15 inches) None
Walleye, Sauger, & Saugeye 10 (singly or in combination) None

OHIO REGULATIONS

These Ohio regulations apply only to boat anglers when fishing in Ohio waters,

shoreline anglers when fishing on the Ohio shoreline, and all anglers in Ohio

embayments and tributaries within the Western Unit.

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Largemouth, Smallmouth, & Spotted Bass 6 (singly or in combination) 12 inches

KENTUCKY REGULATIONS

Kentucky regulations apply to boat anglers fishing below

the 1792 low water mark, identified at wildohio.gov.

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To learn more about this opportunity and process, contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Section at 614-265-6314. You can view information about wildlife law enforcement and other division career opportunities at wildohio.gov.

 

EASTERN UNIT • Ohio – WEST VIRGINIA

Lawrence County east of South Point, and Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, and Columbiana counties. West Virginia and Ohio will honor the other state’s fishing licenses along their common borders on the main stem of the Ohio River, including its banks and embayments and tributaries to the landmark location listed in Publication 404, Waterfowl Hunting and Fishing on the Ohio River (wvdnr.gov/fishing/PDFFiles/ohio_river_hunt_fish.pdf), or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543). Boundaries for areas not listed in this publication extend to the first riffle. This agreement applies to West Virginia and Ohio residents only.

UNIFIED REGULATIONS

The following are the ONLY unified regulations in this agreement

and must be followed when fishing within the Eastern Unit.

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Largemouth, Smallmouth, & Spotted Bass 6 (singly or in combination) 12 inches
Muskellunge 2 30 inches
Striped, Hybrid-Striped, & White Bass 30 (no more than 4 over 15 inches) None

OHIO REGULATIONS

These Ohio regulations apply only to shore anglers when fishing on the Ohio

shoreline and all anglers in Ohio embayments and tributaries within the Eastern Unit.

SPECIES

DAILY LIMIT

MIN. SIZE

Black & White Crappie 30 (singly or in combination) None
Walleye, Sauger, & Saugeye 10 (singly or in combination) None

WEST VIRGINIA REGULATIONS

West Virginia regulations apply to boat anglers fishing the main

stem of the Ohio River, shore anglers fishing the West Virginia shoreline, and boat and shore anglers fishing West Virginia

embayments and tributaries within the Eastern Unit.