Article Posted: April 13, 2004

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"Free Fishing Days" offer chance to experience Ohio's great fishing

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of "Free Fishing
Days" on
May 1 and 2 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer, according to
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. For
these two days only, anglers may fish in any of the state's public waters
without having to buy a fishing license.
During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years of age and older are required
to have a valid fishing license. An Ohio fishing license is one of the best
recreation bargains available, costing only $19 a year for residents.
Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 can obtain a free fishing
license at any license vendor. Residents age 66 and older who were born on
or after January 1, 1938 are eligible to obtain a reduced cost ($10) senior
fishing license. A one-day fishing license is also available for $11, an
amount that later can be applied toward the cost of an annual fishing
license. A fishing license is required to take fish, frogs or turtles from
Ohio waters. Fishing licenses are available at bait and tackle stores,
outdoor outfitters, major department stores, as well as on the Internet at
Ohio's Free Fishing Days were established in 1993 to promote fishing and
allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer is
open to Ohio residents, and extends to all public waters, including Lake
Erie and the Ohio River. An estimated 1.5 million people fish each year in
Great fishing exists around the state and throughout the year. In late
winter and early spring, anglers reel in excellent catches of steelhead
trout and walleye from northern Ohio streams. Spring also means great
saugeye and crappie fishing. During the summer months, the fishing heats up
on Lake Erie for yellow perch, walleye and smallmouth bass, while anglers on
the Ohio River enjoy excellent striped bass fishing. The Free Fishing Free
Days weekend offers every Ohioan of every age the chance to experience the
fun of fishing.
For a parent or grandparent - for anyone - there's nothing more rewarding
than teaching a kid to fish. Here are some helpful tips:
* Keep it simple. Consider the child's age and skill level. If this
is their first time, shore fishing is recommended.

* Kids like to catch fish. The size of fish doesn't matter to kids.
But catching a fish - any fish - does. Choose a pond, lake or stream where
they will easily be able to catch a few fish.

* Use simple tackle. A good rod and reel for kids costs between
$15-$30. A spin-cast reel is easy to use and, after a few practice casts,
kids usually have mastered it.

* Bring along a camera. Children love to show off pictures of their
"big catch."

* Keep the trip fun-and short. Let the child have a good time, even
if it means taking a break. Take time out to explore and enjoy the time

* Be patient. Plan on spending some time untangling lines, baiting
hooks, landing fish and taking pictures of big smiles and wiggling fish. By
concentrating all your attention on your young angler, you'll likely be
developing a fishing buddy for a lifetime.

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