Carolyn Fleegle

“Free Fishing Days” in Ohio

by Carolyn Fleegle on May 5, 2011 at 1:52 am

If you enjoy fishing, this weekend you’ll be able to do so for free.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is holding its "Free Fishing Days" this Saturday and Sunday.

For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license.

During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters.

ODNR officials say an Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.

Ohio’s "Free Fishing Days" were established in 1993 to promote fishing and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license.

The offer is open to Ohio residents and extends to all public waters including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.

An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio.