There are four kinds of basic fishing licenses in Ohio: resident, nonresident, senior and youth.
Nonresident licenses are available to anyone inside or out of the state and are typically sold for a
of a few days. However, nonresidents can purchase licenses that are valid for a full year.
Resident fishing licenses are only available to those who have a permanent Ohio address and have
in Ohio long enough to satisfy the minimum time requirement. The resident licenses are further divided
by age, and those who qualify for the senior citizen fishing licenses can purchase a license at a
cost. Lifetime fishing licenses, which are available for youth, adults and seniors, may also be of
to a fisherman who has a permanent Ohio address and purchases a license every year.
Starting in 2019, Ohio offers resident fishing licenses for seven different time variations. Residents
purchase fishing privileges for:
There are no veterans fishing licenses available in Ohio. Military members who are on active duty in
Ohio qualify as residents, even if they have not lived in the state for the required time period.
Servicemembers are required to buy resident licenses unless they are on active leave, furloughed or
have a mobility impairment. A military member who can provide proof that he or she satisfies at least
one of those three qualifications is exempt from the fishing license laws.
Additionally, special licenses may be required for those who plan to fish on Lake Erie. Depending on
season, residents and nonresidents may purchase a Lake Erie fishing permit or a One-day Lake Erie
Charter fishing license. Lake Erie is also subject to different fishing regulations than waters in the