A fishing license is required to take fish from Ohio waters.
A fishing license is required to take frogs or turtles on public and private property.
Persons fishing in privately owned ponds, lakes, or reservoirs that are open to public fishing through an agreement or lease with the ODNR Division of Wildlife are required to have a fishing license.
Persons fishing must have their license in their possession while fishing and must show the license to anyone on request. Licenses can be displayed using a mobile device.
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Ohio, but not on leave or furlough are required to purchase a resident license.
Annual fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Annual and multiyear fishing licenses are valid from the date of purchase until the expiration date printed on the license.
A complete list of license options and prices for fishing can be found in the current Ohio Fishing Regulations.
LICENSES & PERMITS
Persons under 16 years of age are not required to purchase a fishing license.
Resident Youth Lifetime License.... $430.56
Resident 1-Day License....$14.00
Resident 1-Year Upgraded from a 1-Day License* (see below)....$12.00
Resident 1-Year License....$25.00
Resident 3-Year License....$54.08
Resident 5-Year License....$90.22
Resident 10-Year License....$180.44
Resident Lifetime License....$468.00
Resident Senior Licenses
Resident 1-Year License....$10.00
Resident 3-Year License....$28.60
Resident 5-Year License....$47.58
Resident Lifetime License....$84.24
Nonresident 1-Day License....$14.00
Nonresident 1-Year License Upgraded from a 1-Day* (see below)....$37.44
Nonresident 3-Day License....$25.00
Nonresident 1-Year License....$50.96
Nonresident Lake Erie Fishing Permit (January 1 to April 30, 2021)....$11.00
Card and Duplicate
Resident Ohio Conservation Card....$4.00
Duplicate License - Free reprints are available at wildohio.gov....$4.00
*A one-day fishing license may be applied as credit toward the purchase of an annual license
ABOUT LICENSES & PERMITS
Multiyear Fishing Licenses (Ohio Residents Only)
A multiyear license allows an Ohio resident the opportunity to lock-in rates and avoid transaction fees for the length of the license. These licenses can be purchased for 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years. Permits and stamps must be purchased annually.
Multiyear license customers may pay additional fee for hard plastic license (Ohio Conservation Card) if desired.
Lifetime Fishing Licenses (Ohio Residents Only)
A lifetime license creates an Ohio tradition that lasts a lifetime! A lifetime license, purchased for yourself or as a gift, provides a lifetime of outdoors enjoyment, regardless of where they live in the future. The cost of the license offers considerable savings and convenience to the holder and supports conservation programs. Revenue generated by lifetime licenses provide long-term financial support for Ohio’s fish and wildlife.
All Lifetime license holders will be mailed a plastic card (Ohio Conservation Card) to serve as their license.
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Deposit Required: A $200. per trip, per day deposit is required to reserve fishing trip dates. Due within ten days of booking. Deposits are refunded or trips rebooked if trip is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, based on captains judgment. If you cancel, notice must be received 30 days prior to fishing date or deposit is forfeited. 3.5% Convenience Fee will be applied to all credit card transactions.