(TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources encourages Ohioans to take advantage of "Free Fishing Days" on May 5-6 to experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer.
For two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state's public waters without having to buy a 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. The cost is $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.