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Fishing Regulations

Ohio Fishing Regulations

You can go fishing year-round, but it's important to be aware of Ohio's fishing regulations. The laws can be different for fishing specific waters and catching certain fish species. Review the current Ohio Fishing Regulations at the right of this page.

All non-resident licenses from the Ohio Division of Wildlife are once again available for purchase. 

Purchase a Fishing License

Lakes and Fishing Map

Free Fishing Days

On June 20 and 21, 2020, all Ohio residents are invited to experience Ohio’s fantastic public fishing opportunities without purchasing a license. All size and bag limits apply during these two days.

Site-Specific Regulations

See the 2020-2021 Fishing Regulations for details about fishing:

  • Lake Erie
  • Ohio River
  • Pymatuning Lake
  • Maumee, Portage, Mahoning, and Sandusky Rivers
  • Other specific inland lakes, reservoirs, and streams

Lake Erie

See the Lake Erie Walleye and Yellow Perch Daily Limits

Lake La Su An

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area will be open for fishing May 1 through September 7, 2020. Fishing will be permitted on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from sunrise to sunset during this open season. La Su An Wildlife Area will be closed to fishing at all other times. Note that Lake Wood Duck will follow the same fishing season as the rest of the lakes and will not remain open for the entire year. Anglers are reminded that they will not need a reservation to fish the lakes on La Su An Wildlife Area, but all vehicles must park in a designated parking space.

  • Sunfish bag limits will be 15 fish daily, with no more than 5 fish being 8 inches or larger.
  • Largemouth bass will have an 18-inch minimum length limit, with a 5 fish daily bag limit.
  • Channel catfish will have a 2 fish daily bag limit.

Daily bag limits will be posted and are in effect area-wide. This means that only 1 bag limit will be allowed each day regardless of how many lakes an angler fishes. All statewide fishing regulations apply to the area’s lakes, except when superseded by the special regulations mentioned above. Anglers are also reminded that no fish may be used as bait on the area.

These regulations have been designed by Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists to continue the tradition of quality bluegill fishing on the La Su An area lakes by continuing to regulate the amount of fishing pressure without the need for anglers to obtain a reservation. The Division of Wildlife accomplishes this by limiting the number of days the lakes are open to fishing, limiting the number of bluegill that anglers can take home each day, and limiting the number of anglers that fish the area at one time (i.e., limited number of parking spaces).


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