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Species Seasons Minimum Size Daily Limit
Walleye and Saugeye (Hybrids) Open year-round 15 inches 6 (combined species)
Bass: Largemouth, Smallmouth Open year-round 12 inches 5
Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge (Hybrids) Open year-round 30 inches 2 (combined species)
All Other Species Open year-round No minimum None
Baitfish / Fishbait* (see Bait page for definitions) Open year-round No minimum None
Frogs and Tadpoles July 1 through Oct. 31 No minimum 15
Snapping Turtles July 1 through Oct. 31 No minimum 15 daily limit
30 possession limit
Turtles (all species other than Snapping Turtles) Open year-round No minimum 2
Threatened and endangered species CLOSED YEAR-ROUND
Additional Restrictions for Pymatuning Reservoir
  • Lights or firearms may not be used to take frogs.
  • Hooks used to take turtles shall be at least 3.5 inches long with at least 1 inch space between the point and shank.
  • Spears, longbows, compound bows and crossbows may ONLY be used to take carp and suckers.
  • Minnow seines and dip nets are restricted to 4 feet in size; mesh must measure not less than one-eighth inch, nor larger than one-half inch on a side.
  • ICE FISHING – An Ohio or Pennsylvania fishing license is recognized anywhere on the lake. It is unlawful while ice fishing to use more than five fishing devices, which may consist of rods, hand lines, tip-ups or any combination. Each device shall contain a single fishing line with no more than three hooks attached to each line. Holes cut in ice may not exceed 10 inches between the farthest points as measured in any direction. All lines, rods or tip-ups shall be under the immediate control of the person using them.

NOTE: See the Boundary Waters page for reciprocal fishing privileges between Pennsylvania and Ohio.

* For all crayfish species, the head must be immediately removed behind the eyes upon capture unless used as bait in the water from which taken.

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