Under Ohio Revised Code 1533.51, no person shall be or serve as a fishing guide in the Lake Erie fishing district without a license from the Division of Wildlife. The Lake Erie fishing district is defined in ORC 1533.02. The fishing guide license and decal must be renewed annually by April 15. There is a license fee of $50 per year. Proof of valid U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) license is required prior to the issuance of a Lake Erie Fishing Guide license. The USCG license must be maintained while operating as a fishing guide.
ICE GUIDE ONLY: If you are only applying for an ice fishing guide license, the boat and USCG information is not required; unless you are using an airboat. If you are using an airboat to transport people to/from your ice shanties, a USCG license will be required. Either way, you will need to know the number of ice shanties and the general area of use.