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 and find a list of license options by downloading the regulations booklet.
*Please note that the hard copy of the 2021-22 Fishing Regulations booklet incorrectly states on page 7 that there is a daily limit of 30 for Striped, Hybrid, and White Bass while fishing in the Lake Erie Fishing District. The online version here has been corrected to reflect that there is no limit for Striped, Hybrid, and White Bass while fishing in the Lake Erie Fishing District.
Free Fishing Days: June 19 & 20, 2021
On June 19 and 20, 2021 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.
Special Fishing Regulations at Lake La Su An Wildlife Area (2021)
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area is open to fish from Friday, May 7 to Monday, September 6, 2021. Fishing is permitted on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from sunrise to sunset during this open season. Lake La Su An Wildlife Area is closed to fishing at all other times. Visitors are reminded that reservations are not needed to fish the lakes on Lake La Su An Wildlife Area, but all vehicles are required to park in a designated parking space.
The sunfish daily limit is 15, with no more than five sunfish 8 inches or larger. Largemouth bass have an 18-inch minimum length limit and five fish daily limit. Channel catfish have a two fish daily limit. Daily limits are posted on site and are in effect area wide. One limit is permitted each day regardless of how many lakes an angler fishes. All other statewide fishing regulations apply to the area’s lakes. Anglers are also reminded that no fish may be used as bait on the area.
These regulations are designed by Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists to continue the tradition of quality bluegill fishing on the Lake La Su An Wildlife Area lakes. The Division of Wildlife maintains fish populations at Lake La Su An Wildlife Area by limiting the number of days the lakes are open to fishing, limiting the number of bluegill taken home each day, and limiting the number of anglers who fish the area at one time.