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As the weather warms up, more people may head out to the local lakes and rivers to try their hand at fishing.
But a day at the lake could turn into a day in court if anglers are not properly registered to fish.
Three men were arraigned Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court on fishing violations. The maximum fine is $250 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
Obtaining the $19 fishing license isn’t the only thing anglers have to do to keep their sport legal, but rules have to be followed as well. ODNR Division of Wildlife spokesperson Jamey Emmert said there are stipulations on how many fish anglers can catch and the size.
“It depends on the species and where you’re fishing as far as the bag limits are concerned,” Emmert said.
Emmert said the licensing helps the state keep track of where people are fishing so they can manage stocking and lake conditions.
“We need that information because much of our aquatic education and programs related to stocking waterways with trout, catfish, and walleye and so forth are federally funded,” said Emmert.
Every spring, ODNR stocks Lake Glacier at Mill Creek Park, and the annual stocking draws anglers from around the area. Both park police and ODNR officials patrol the lake.
“Basically, we follow the same protocol as the state of Ohio. You do have to have a valid Ohio fishing license to come and fish,” said Mill Creek MetroParks Police Lt. Randy Campana.
Click here for more information on how to purchase a fishing license.