Ohioans over the age of 16 will be able to fish without a license during the state's annual free fishing weekend, which will take place June 18 and 19 this year.

In Ohio, individuals aged 16 and over must have a valid license in order to take fish, frogs and turtles. But during this event, any Ohioan may fish in any of the state's public bodies of water including those of Lake Erie and the Ohio River. 

The free fishing weekend offers a unique opportunity for those who have never been fishing before to experience the sport. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife works to improve spawning habitat, construct fish attractors and structures, implement fishing regulations and stock upwards of 43 million sport fish annually.

Over 200 locations in Ohio are stocked with species such as walleye, saugeye, yellow perch, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass.

All other fishing regulations, size limits and bag limits still apply during this event.