Fishing in Northeast Ohio: How to Get Your License and Stocking Dates

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(WJW) – It’s that time of year again – anglers are picking up their rods and tackle boxes and heading to the lakes and ponds of northeast Ohio.

Before you drop this lure in the water, however, you’ll need to make sure you acquire your 2022 Ohio fishing license.

Obtain an Ohio fishing license

Anglers 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish in Ohio public waters.

You can buy your fishing license here.

Ohio residents have the following options:

  • Resident permit 1 day: $14.00
  • Resident 1 year upgraded from 1 day license: $12.00
  • One-year resident permit: $25.00
  • 3-year resident permit: $72.11
  • 5-year resident permit: $120.18
  • 10-year resident permit: $240.36
  • Lifetime Resident License: $599.04
  • One-year Resident Senior License…$10.00
  • 3-year Resident Senior License…$27.04
  • 5-year Resident Senior License…$45.07
  • Lifetime Resident Senior License…$84.24

Non-residents have the following options:

  • One-day permit for non-resident: $14.00
  • One-year non-resident license upgrade from one day: $37.44
  • 3-day license for non-resident: $25.00
  • One-year non-resident license: $50.96

An annual license is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase, while multi-year and lifetime licenses are valid from the day of purchase until the expiration date listed on the license.

Multi-year and lifetime licenses are only available to residents of Ohio.

The state is also offering free fishing days on June 18 and 19, allowing Ohio residents to fish without a license. All size and bag limits still apply.

Find a full list of licensing requirements and exemptions here.

Rainbow trout stocking dates and locations

If you are looking to catch rainbow trout, this is the right time.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, approximately 80,000 rainbow trout are released into Ohio’s public lakes and ponds each spring.

Trout are raised in state hatcheries and grow to around 10-13 inches before release. The ODNR says the daily limit for inland lakes is five trout per angler.

This year, the lows began on March 15 and will continue until early May. Here’s when lakes and ponds will be stocked in northeast Ohio:

April 4

  • Petros Lake – Stark County
  • Lake Rowland Nature Preserve – Lorain County

April 5

  • Lake Jefferson – Jefferson County
  • Glacier Lake – Mahoning County

April 7

  • Painesville Recreation Park Pond – Lake County

April 8

  • Lake Hinckley – Medina County

April 9

  • Punderson Lake – Geauga County
  • Little Turtle Pond – Summit County

April 14

  • Silver Creek Lake – Summit County
  • Veterans Park Pond – Lake County

April 19

  • Brushwood Lake – Summit County
  • Munroe Falls Lake – Summit County

April 22

  • Shadow Lake – Cuyahoga County
  • Beartown Lake (Lower) – Geauga County

April 30

  • Ohio Canal Lock #4 – Stark County

May 6

  • Ohio / Erie Canal – Cuyahoga County

A complete list of Ohio Downs can be found here.

When catching rainbow trout, the ODNR recommends casting a jig with maggots and using a stop and retrieve method.

For tips on how to catch other fish in Ohio, go here.

For more information, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or (800) 945-3543.

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