2017 Ohio and Michigan fishing laws

With fishing season in full swing, make sure you are up to date on the fishing rules and regulations in both Ohio and Michigan.


According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, anyone 16 or older is required to have a fishing license in the state of Ohio. Kids ages 15 and under are not required to have a license and may be assisted by an adult without the license, but the adult cannot fish without the license.

Licenses last for one full year and are $19.00 for an Ohio resident. Seniors 66 and older can purchase a license at a discounted price of $10, with more options available for nonresidents and short period fishing licenses.

The fishing license applies to fish, frogs, and turtles and you must have it in possession while fishing.

Ohio fishing rules and regulations apply at all Toledo metropark waters.

Lake sturgeon fish are considered endangered and cannot be caught under any circumstances and must immediately be returned to the water unharmed if caught.

For more information on size and limit of other species caught, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishingregulations


According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, anyone 17 or older is required to purchase a fishing license in the state of Michigan. If you are under the age of 17, you may still fish, but must obey all other rules and regulations.

Michigan only offers year long resident fishing licenses to those who live in the state, are in the military stationed in Michigan, or a full time college student in the state. Residents can purchase a license for $26, with a $11 price for senior residents over the age of 65 or residents who are legally blind. Other prices are available for nonresidents and for short periods of time.

Lake sturgeon cannot be caught or kept in any Great Lake and connecting waters due to their endangered status. However, fishing in Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River, Otsego Lake, Black Lake, and MI-WI boundary waters have different regulations and size restrictions that allow for the catching of lake sturgeon of certain sizes.

If interested in more information about fishing in Michigan, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/