Ohio - Fishing License Information


Lord of Tomfoolery
Apr 27, 2010
Bethlehem, Georgia

MARCH 1, 2011 TO FEBRUARY 29, 2012

License Requirements

A fishing license is required to take fish, frogs, or 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 Division of Wildlife are required to have a fishing license.
Anglers must have their license in their possession while fishing and must show the license to anyone on request.
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.

Free Licenses

Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 can obtain a free license at any license outlet or online.

The following Ohio residents are also eligible for a free license, available by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE:

Persons who are mobility imparied and require the assistance of another person to cast and retrieve
Residents of state and county institutions
Holders of “Veteran” license plates displaying the international wheelchair symbol
Certain veterans who are permanently disabled
Former prisoners of war