(WKBN) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is hosting a free fishing weekend in the state on May 4 and 5.
On this weekend, Ohio residents can fish for free in any of the state’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River.
Any other time of the year, those 16 and older are required to get a fishing license to be able to fish.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife stocked Ohio’s waters with over 44 million sport fish, including walleye, saugeye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass.
Fishing with kids? Here are some tips from ODNR:
– Keep the trip simple by considering a child’s age and skill level.
– Choose a pond, lake or stream where children will be able to easily catch a few fish.
– Use live bait to increase the chance of catching a fish. Live bait is also more interesting for children.
– Bring a camera and snacks.
– Be patient. Plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and taking pictures.
– Most of all, keep the trip fun!
Ohio State Parks are also offering a camping discount on May 3 and 4. Visitors will receive a 20% discount on campsites when they use the promo code 19ANGLER while making a reservation online or by calling 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727).
If you can’t fish this weekend, here’s what you need to know about getting a fishing license.