Ohio’s Free Fishing is this Father’s Day Weekend on June 19th and 20th there will be no license required to fish in Ohio.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources has links for all things hunting, fishing, and boating.
Ohio’s Free Fishing Days
Anyone living in Ohio is allowed to share the experience of fishing in any public fishing pond or lake without purchasing a license. All size and bags limits apply during these free fishing days.
Where to Fish Free?
There are over 300 public fishing destinations in Ohio. Find them all here: Find a Destination | Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ohiodnr.gov)
Read the 2021-22 Regulations here to learn about:
- Site-specific waters
- License Information
- Lake Erie & Ohio River regulations
- Frog & Turtle regulations
- Banklines, setlines, floatlines and trotlines
- Variety of Fish in Ohio and how to measure them
For any questions, contact the Ohio Wildlife Officer:
- Stark County: Scott Traver (330) 245-304
- Ashland County: Craig Barr (330) 245-3044
- Tuscarawas County: Michael Budd (614) 230-6347
There’s an App for that!
Download the HuntFish OH free app! Fishing licenses can be purchased through the app as well. One can access maps and the fishing regulation booklet as well.
What you can Buy & Apply at ohiodnr.gov:
Ohio Fishing License Details
If you fall in love with fishing, don’t forget to purchase your own license.
- Children under 16 or adults born on or before December 31, 1937 do not need a fishing license.
- Valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.
- Licenses can be purchased for the day, 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, 10 year, or a lifetime license.
- 10-25% discounts at 8 State Park Lodges can be redeemed if you present your fishing license!