Resident fishing license sales have risen with the warm weather.
Make that sizzling.
“As soon as the weather went warm so did the fishing license sales,” says Vicki Mountz, the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s executive administrator.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife is reporting that 27,091 resident fishing licenses were sold last year by March 12 but by yesterday - Monday - that figure was 51,824 resident fishing licenses were sold - a 91.3 percent increase.
Non-resident fishing licenses also are way up. In 2011 by this time the state had sold 1,032 non-resident fishing documents but by Monday that figure was 2,023 non-resident licenses.
“We always know that if we get poor weather early on that fishing licence sales are poor, like they were last year this time,” said Mountz. “Now it is just the opposite.”
“The thing is if people have not bought their fishing licenses by the early July the chances are they won’t,” Mountz said also.
Though a much smaller number of resident hunting licenses are typically sold by this time of year, even the sale of these documents are going fast: By an 18.15 percent increase, Mountz says.
Last year the state had sold 6,574 resident hunting licenses as of March 12. This year by yesterday the state had issued 7,067 resident hunting licenses.
Even the sale of deer tags are up - and Ohio is a long, long way from any deer hunting season.
“We believe that this is also all weather-related,” Mountz said.
Jeffrey L. Frischkorn