Types of Ohio Fishing Licenses
Fishermen who intend to fish in Ohio must get a fishing permit and display it, upon request, to law
enforcement officials. Interested applicants must provide their Social Security Number and confirm
their residency status prior to getting OH fishing licenses.
According to the angler's motivation for fishing, Ohio fishing permits are divided into the following
Sport fishing licenses
Commercial fishing licenses
Sport Fishing Licenses in Ohio
Recreational fishing in Ohio is available to holders of valid sport fishing licenses. The ODNR offers
sport fishing permits to both state visitors and residents. However, individuals younger than 16 years
of age, fishermen with private ponds and military members do not need an OH license to fish.
Explore the available recreational fishing licenses in Ohio below:
Resident one-day fishing license
Resident Lake Erie one-day fishing license
Resident fishing license (16 to 65 years of age)
Resident senior fishing license (66 years of age and older)
Non-resident one-day fishing license
Non-resident Lake Erie one-day fishing license
Non-resident three-day fishing license
Annual non-resident fishing license
In addition, the following groups of Ohio residents are eligible for free fishing licenses:
Seniors born before January 1, 1938
Former prisoners of war
To buy an OH fishing license online, use the ODNR website's customer center. However, if you would
prefer to obtain your license in person, you may visit any local authorized licensing agent. Other
methods of buying a fishing license include purchasing your credentials via your mobile device or by
phone at: 1-866-703-1928.
Note: The ODNR offers anglers the opportunity to enjoy the sport of fishing without a
fishing license during the state's Free Fishing Days.
Commercial Fishing Licenses in Ohio
Both residents and state visitors who want to profit from fishing are required to obtain a commercial
fishing license through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Buying a commercial fishing permit
can only be done by mailing a permit application to the department's headquarters. Before submitting
your business fishing permit form, you are required to fill in the following:
Name of business
Your Social Security Number
Your contact information
Your choice of commercial fishing permit:
Transport fish permit
Handle commercial fish at wholesale permit
Your credit card number or check number
After obtaining an OH commercial fishing permit, fishing businesses are required to abide by the
department's commercial fishing rules and regulations regarding fishing equipment and catch sizes.
Ohio Fishing Education
Anglers seeking to improve their fishing knowledge may enroll in one or more of the Department of
Natural Resources' fishing education programs. Open to applicants of all ages, these state-offered
education programs provide hands-on fishing experience to anglers of any skill level:
The Passport to Fishing Program
The Step Outside Program
Developed by the ODNR, the Passport to Fishing Program aims to teach fishing skills and techniques to
amateur fishermen. With an emphasis on conservation policies, the program is realized through outdoor
fishing workshops, which are open to interested individuals of all ages, flexible to anglers of any
skill level and adaptable to specific fish types and regions. In addition, more experienced anglers
can apply for a volunteering position within the program and share their fishing expertise as Passport
to Fishing instructors.
On the other hand, funded by state grants, the Step Outside Program promotes activities such as
shooting, hunting and fishing. Organizations interested in becoming involved with the program must
apply at least 60 days before they intend to set up an activity.
Ohio Fishing Organizations
Various fishing clubs and associations based in Ohio are open to anglers seeking to share fishing
experiences while learning new fishing tips and tricks. These organizations offer everything from
courses on specific fishing techniques to conservation activities. Fishermen of all ages can join one
or more of the below OH angling clubs:
Buckeye United Fly Fishers
Aligned with the Bass Federation, the club's goals are to promote the sport of bass fishing while
offering support for the ODNR's conservation policies. With a focus on youth fishing education,
Columbus Bassmasters engages its members in cleaning efforts and fishing education courses. It also
functions as an intermediary between state bass chapters.
Buckeye United Fly Fishers
Buckeye United Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the sport of fly
fishing while simultaneously assisting in state-sponsored conservation efforts. As a member of the
Federation of Fly Fishers, BUFF's activities include:
Fly fishing sports shows.