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Be Aware Of The Ohio Fishing Regulations Before You Begin Catching Fish

Author : Franklin Wright

Ohio is home to some pretty nice fishing, but before you get out there and cast a line, you're going to want to learn about the Ohio fishing regulations so that you are able to have a good time, enjoy your catch & steer clear of getting into trouble for breaking rules you didn't know about. Now, you may be thinking that the typical fisher person would not need to know, but if you're going to be fishing in one of the many parks, the odds of you getting caught for not taking note to the Ohio fishing regulations are rather high. So, here is what you must know before you go:

Fishing Licenses

One of the most important Ohio fishing regulations is that you have to have a fishing license. You can buy a day license for $11.00 or you can get 1 for a full year for $19.00. Do not skip out on this step or you'll get a ticket if you are caught. For many people, it just makes more sense to invest in the license for a year and be done with it. If you're a non-Ohio resident, you'll also have to get a fishing license if you'll be fishing in this state, but you'll find that you can get a 1 day fishing license for $11.00, a three day tourist registration & annual license even if you are not a resident for $40.00.

According to the Ohio fishing regulations, the licenses let you to fish in any public waters of the state, except for the Ohio River, Lake Eerie and tributaries, Pymatuning Lake or other certain bodies of water. For these, you will need a different license.

Know what you can catch

Ohio fishing regulations are pretty exact about what you can fish and keep each day. By understanding the restrictions, you'll be able to make sure that you're following the laws & help to look after the wildlife so that everybody can enjoy it.

The Ohio fishing regulations declare that you can catch 1 Muskie per day, forty perch per day, five trout of any species (no more than 5 total a day), five large, smallmouth or spotted bass (no more than five total), 6 channel catfish (in public lakes that are less than seven-hundred acres, under 28 inches, but none in all other waters), one channel catfish that is over twenty-eight inches, no blue & flathead channel catfish under thirty five inches & one blue and flathead channel catfish over 35 inches.

The Ohio fishing regulations also state that you can not catch and keep any other fish, so if you do not know what's at the end of your hook, release it, because if you're caught with it, you can face a fine.

Know when you can go fishing

According to the Ohio Fishing regulations, there are specified times of the year that you can fish. For example, if you have a standard fishing license, you're allowed to fish year round if your license is good all year and you will be able to catch frogs from June to April & you can even catch turtles from June to April.

While the details of Ohio fishing regulations can appear uninteresting, you will have a better time if you are aware of the guidelines.

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