A Beginners Guide to Fishing in Central Ohio

By Michelle Barnes / Photography By Tim Daniel | March 01, 2015
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If you’ve never fished, here are some simple steps to get started.


  1. To begin, visit a few online resources and become familiar with the basics of fishing. Takeme-fishing. org has great starter information about fishing poles, proper knots, hooks, baits, and bobbers. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife webpage, wildohio.gov, has information on the many species of fish in Ohio as well as identification tips for more common catches. Beginner rod and reel sets can be purchased at most local sporting goods stores. They are affordable and generally include everything you’ll need, even lures. Store attendants can be of great assistance when choosing what’s right for you.
  2. Next, purchase a fishing license. An Ohio fishing license is valid March 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016 and can be purchased at authorized licensed agents and at wildohio.gov. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a license. All licensing information and information about fishing regulations and limits can be found online, or by picking up a copy of the 2015-16 Ohio Fishing Regulations Digest when you purchase a license. Fishing Regulations Digests can be ordered by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE, which can also be a great resource to call if you have any questions or need clarification about fishing in Ohio.
  3. Takemefishing.org provides information about filleting various species of fish. Remember, fish remains make great fertilizer. All that’s left is to enjoy your catch using your favorite fish recipes.
  4. If you’re interested in further instruction, watch for Beginner Fishing Programs to be offered by the DOW in the near future. Beginner classes offer tips and techniques to build your knowledge, skills, and abilities. They are also a great way to meet other adults with similar interests. Ohio also offers two free fishing days, May 2–3, 2015. ODNR staff will be on hand at various locations to provide some basic instructions for families. Poles are limited during this time. Information regarding Free Fishing Days can be found at wildohio.gov.
Article from Edible Columbus at http://ediblecolumbus.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/beginners-guide-fishing-central-ohio
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