The Fish Ohio program recognizes anglers for noteworthy catches of Ohio’s fish. Since 1976, more than 400,000 anglers have been recognized for their catches. The Ohio Division of Wildlife took over the program's management in 1980.
Each angler with a qualifying catch receives a collectible Fish Ohio lapel pin*. Each year’s pin has a different species of fish on it, along with the year, so the pin that the angler receives won’t necessarily have the same fish on it as the qualifying fish caught.
There is also a Master Angler category for anglers who catch four different Fish Ohio-qualifying species in a single year. The Master Angler pin is the same as the Fish Ohio pin except it is gold in color.
Reserve a Pin
The 2020 Fish Ohio pin will feature a smallmouth bass.
*Due to events impacting production, manufacturing, and exporting, there is a significant delay in the delivery of this year’s Fish Ohio pins. We are doing everything we can to expedite the pins’ delivery to deserving recipients, but pins may not be delivered until winter 2020-21. We thank you for your patience and understanding!
Anglers will receive a Fish Ohio pin for their first entry each year, and a Master Angler pin for qualifying entries in four different species categories in the same year.
- Fish must be taken by legal angling and not from pay lakes.
- The deadline for application for the year is December 31.
- Possible state record fish must be kept frozen for verification by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.
Qualifying sizes below apply to all Ohio waters.
Qualifying sizes below apply to inland lakes or reservoirs; the Ohio River; private ponds; inland rivers or streams.
Qualifying sizes below apply to Lake Erie and its tributaries.