2014 Free Fishing Day in Ohio is May 3-4
AKRON, OH – Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of “Free Fishing Days” on May 3-4, 2014 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. 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 and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.
Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937, can obtain a free fishing license at any license vendor. Residents age 66 and older who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1938, are eligible to obtain a reduced cost senior fishing license for $10. A one-day fishing license is also available for $11, an amount that later can be applied toward the cost of an annual fishing license. Fishing licenses are available at bait and tackle stores, outdoor outfitters, major department stores, as well as wildohio.com.
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 all Ohio residents and extends to all of Ohio’s public waters including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.
Great fishing exists around the state and throughout the year. An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio. In late winter and early spring, anglers reel in excellent catches of steelhead trout and walleye from northern Ohio streams. Spring also means great saugeye and crappie fishing. During the summer months, the fishing heats up on Lake Erie for yellow perch, walleye and smallmouth bass, while anglers on the Ohio River enjoy excellent striped bass fishing.
In northeast Ohio, young anglers age 15 and under are encouraged to visit the Division of Wildlife Youth Fishing Area in Portage Lakes. A special event will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. (This area does not open to the public otherwise until May 24th).
The youth fishing area is located at 912 Portage Lakes Drive in Akron. All young anglers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the youth area. Adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area, but may assist their young anglers. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are available. Equipment, bait, and staff member assistance are provided at no charge thanks to the purchases of Ohio fishing licenses and federal contributions from the Sportfish Restoration Fund.
Questions may be directed to Wildlife District Three at 330-644-2293. For driving directions, go to http://www.wildohio.com/
Species that can be caught include but are not limited to bluegill, catfish, bass, crappie, trout, and carp. Many fish meet or exceed Fish Ohio! length limits.