Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, residents statewide can participate in the annual free fishing weekend during Ohio’s Free Fishing Days. During this time, Ohio residents may angle in state waters without a license. It’s a great weekend to take adult friends fishing to introduce them to the sport without having to gamble the price of a license. What’s more, Ohio State Parks is also offering a camping discount during that weekend. Campers can receive a 20% off discount May 6 and 7 by using the promotion code 16ANGLER.The Free Fishing Days weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun ofcatching a fish. Here are some helpful tips for taking a youngster — or an adult — fishing for the first time:• Choose a pond, lake or stream with little current where children’s lines will not drift around too much.• Fish from shore, so the kids can run around a bit.• Use live bait, like worms, and bobbers.• A cane pole or spin-cast outfit is usually the easiest for kids to use.• Bring a camera and snacks.• Be patient — plan on spending time untangling lines, baiting hooks, landing fish and takingpictures.• Most of all, keep the trip fun and leave when the child asks to so it will be remembered as a fun experience worth repeating the next time you offer.Anglers 16 years and older are still required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters when not fishing on Ohio’s free fishing weekend. An Ohio resident fishing license is $19 a year for residents and are available at participating agents and wildohio.gov.The sales of fishing licenses, along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program, continue to fund Division of Wildlife’s fish management operations. No state tax dollars are used for theactivities; they are user-pay, user-benefit programs. The SFR is a partnership between federal and state governments, industry and anglers/boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finder and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses the funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education, as well as acquire and develop boat accesses. So those dollars go for some great causes. I look at paying for licenses the same way I do paying library fines: the money benefits some great programs!