Ohioans can fish for free this weekend; no license required

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- You can fish for free this weekend in Ohio as part of a statewide program.

As part of Ohio’s Free Fishing Days, residents are invited to fish in all public waters, including the Ohio River and Lake Erie from May 5 to 6, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The weekend event is the only time where it is not required for anyone 16 years old or older to obtain a fishing license.

Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. Campers can receive a 20 percent off discount May 4 to 6 by using the promotion code "18ANGLER" on new reservations only.

The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of catching a fish.

Here are some helpful tips for taking a youngster out fishing:

  • Keep the trip simple by considering a child’s age and skill level.
  • Choose a pond, lake or stream where children will be able to easily catch a few fish.
  • A spin-cast reel is usually the easiest for kids to use.
  • Bring a camera and snacks.
  • Be patient – plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and taking pictures.
  • Most of all, have fun.

You can find more information on the Free Fishing Days here.

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