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How to Become a Fishing Guide in Ohio

Portage Lakes fishing Ohio

Fishing guide license in Ohio state is site specific. The different sties in the state include: Inland Lakes, Reservoirs, Rivers, & Streams, Lake Erie and Tributaries, Ohio River, Lake La Su An, Pymatuning Lake, Maumee, Portage, Mahoning, & Sandusky Rivers. Make a license application for the area wherein you want to operate.

PDF Lake Erie Fishing Guide License Application

Requirements

  • First-time applicants for an Ohio fishing guide license shall submit their Coast Guard license or a notarized copy of same along with their application and fee.
  • Applicants for a fishing guide license renewal must submit their Coast Guard license or a notarized copy of same only when their Coast Guard license has been renewed after obtaining their previous year’s fishing guide license.
  • Licenses are valid on April 16th of each year and expire on the following April 15th.

Contact

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Road, Building G
Columbus, Ohio  43229-6693
1-800-945-3543



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