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Ohio Department of Natural Resources announces free fishing days June 20, 21

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 16:27:47-04

If you like fishing but don’t have your license, you’re in luck. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has announced free fishing days on June 20 and June 21.

Ohio residents may fish for free in any of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River, during the weekend, without having a fishing license.

“Ohio offers extraordinary fishing opportunities in its lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “I invite all Ohioans to get outside and create lasting memories with family and friends during our free fishing days weekend.”

Ohioans 16 years and older and required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters any day outside of the free fishing weekend.

ODNR estimates 1.3 million Ohioans fish in the state each year and that more than 69 million sport fish were stocked in the Division of Wildlife’s six fish hatcheries last year, including walleye, saugeye, yellow perch, rainbow trout, channel catfish, and hybrid-striped bass.