Ohioans Invited to Enjoy a Weekend of Free Fishing
April 20, 2016 - 11:26 AM
COLUMBUS – Ohio is known for its world-class fishing,
and on May 7 and 8, state residents are invited to take part in the annual free
fishing weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s
Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents and extend to all of Ohio’s
public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River. This is the only weekend
all year that does not require anyone 16-years-old or older to obtain a fishing
The ODNR Division of Wildlife’s six fish hatcheries stocked
more than 55 million sport fish in public waters in 2015, including walleye,
saugeye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish,
blue catfish and hybrid striped bass, which will provide opportunities for more
than 1.3 million Ohio anglers.
Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during
Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. Campers can receive a 20 percent off discount May 6-7
by using the promotion code 16ANGLER.
The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the
chance to experience the fun of catching a fish. Here are some helpful tips for
taking a youngster out fishing.
Keep the trip simple by considering a child’s age and skill
Choose a pond, lake or stream where children will be able to
easily catch a few fish.
A spin-cast reel is usually the easiest for kids to use.
Bring a camera and snacks.
Be patient – plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting
hooks, landing fish and taking pictures.
Most of all, keep the trip fun.
Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid
fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters when not fishing
on Ohio’s free fishing weekend. An Ohio resident fishing license is only $19 a
year for residents. Fishing licenses are available at participating agents and wildohio.gov.
The sales of fishing licenses, along with the Sport Fish
Restoration (SFR) program, continue to fund ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish
management operations. No state tax dollars are used for these activities.
These are user-pay, user-benefit programs.
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