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Is there a charge for a fishing license and who needs one?

Nancy Asked:
I am 70 years old, and I want to spend time with my grand-kids. Why do I have to pay $10 for a fishing license?

We Found:
If you are 70 years and up, there is no charge for fishing license. We have listed the cost and requirements for fishing in Ohio.

Who Needs a License?
All anglers in Ohio need a valid license, except:
Anglers under 16
Anglers in a private pond
Anglers assisting a disabled fisherman
Those fishing on their own land
Tenants fishing on the land where they live
US Armed Forces personnel on leave or furlough
Resident License Fees: (6 months residency required)

Standard License (ages 16 - 65) - $19.00

Senior License (ages 66 - 70) - $10
***For persons age 66 and older born on or after January 1, 1938 who have resided in Ohio for the past 6 months.***

Age 70 and older - no charge (but you still need a license)
One Day Fishing License - $11
Non-Resident License Fees:

One Year Non-resident License - $40
Three-day Tourist License - $19
Special FREE Licenses: The following people must have a license, but there is no charge for it.
Disable Veterans
Former POWs
Residents of State and County Institutions
Physically Disabled persons
Where to Buy Your License:
Ohio fishing licenses may be purchased online via the Ohio Wildlife website. Alternately, you can purchase a license at one of the hundreds of outlets throughout the state. These are listed at the same website.

What Information You Need to Provide:
According to the fishing license requirements in Ohio, if you previously purchased a license, you can access the ODNR online to get a new one. Simply provide your valid driver’s license number or your social security number and the system will retrieve your information. Otherwise, you’ll need to provide your name, current address, phone number, valid driver’s license number, social security number, date of birth, gender, eye color, hair color, height and weight to get an Ohio fishing license.

For information on fishing license please feel free to contact the toll free number at 1-800-WILDLIFE.

**Please note: If you are fishing in the Ohio River, you are required to have licenses from Ohio AND Kentucky, due to the fact that the Ohio River is located in Kentucky, but you are likely to have entered it from Ohio.


We came across different fishing events for all ages. Please visit the link for dates and times for fishing events.

Please take in consideration the health and well being of all living animals and cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates, when fishing/ hunting.

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