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.
Voluntary Lake Erie Fishing Guide Stewardship Certification Program Survey
This survey seeks the opinion of licensed Ohio fishing guides regarding the potential benefits of establishing a voluntary stewardship certification program. The program would promote the industry, fishery, and conservation-oriented best management practices. Completion of the survey should require 10 minutes or less, and we are not asking for any information that will identify you or your business.
ODNR and Ohio Sea Grant view fishing guides as potential ambassadors for environmental stewardship. Clients will learn about sustainable fishing and boating practices, carrying this with them on future outdoor experiences and potentially sharing these practices with friends, family, and the next generation of anglers.