Ohio Fishing Licenses

If you enjoy outdoor activities and relish a natural getaway, Ohio's state parks have much to offer. Whether for a weekend or a day, there are plenty of places in the heart of it all to explore, hike, camp, and enjoy the flora and fauna. Though there are plenty of great discoveries to be made, Ohio fishing licenses coupled with Ohio's numerous lakes and rivers is the key to unlocking some of Ohio's greatest outdoor potential.

Though Ohio boasts highly-sought angling opportunities in Lake Eerie and its tributaries, where perch, bass, steelhead, and salmon abound, there are many other less-known lakes and rivers where fishing for sport or relaxation is available. However, Ohio fishing licenses are required at all locations.

Ohio fishing licenses can be used to legally fish the public lakes and rivers in all of Ohio's five districts. In Southwest Ohio, Cowan Lake, East Fork Lake, Rush Run Lake, and the Ohio River and the Great Miami River are just a few places to drop a line. Central, Northwest, Northeast and Southeast Ohio provide an equally abundant opportunity for a great catch of a wide variety of species as well.

Southeast Ohio for example, is home to Tar Hollow State Park, Seneca Lake, Wolf Run Lake, and Lake Hope, as well as Hocking River. And while Lake Eerie is a popular fishing destination, Maumee Bay and Sandusky Bay are also located in Northern Ohio and these three bodies of water provide opportunity to fish for Northern Pike, a species native to Ohio and great fun to catch. The Stillwater River in Southwest Ohio boasts some of the best bass fishing in the state. Many fishing destinations in Ohio also offer chartered fishing boats for those serious about reeling in the fun.

To enjoy this rewarding sport and pastime in Ohio, all participants 16 years of age and older are required to purchase Ohio fishing licenses. Ohio fishing licenses are not required for children under 16 years of age, individuals assisting a disabled fisher, or military personnel on leave or furlough.

Residents and non-residents of Ohio can purchase annual Ohio fishing licenses for a nominal fee or can purchase one-day or three-day licenses. One of the great benefits of Ohio fishing licenses is lower cost non-resident licensing compared to other nearby states. Ohio fishing licenses can be obtained through several vendors throughout the state, including most major sporting goods retailers, as well as by mail or online through the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

So before you lace up your hiking boots and pack up your tent to explore Ohio's great outdoors, remember to grab a rod and reel and purchase an Ohio fishing license for an experience to enjoy just once, for the weekend, or all year round.