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This year, Hoosiers enjoyed four days of free fishing and family-friendly fishing events. Next year, we are bringing them back. During April 18, May 16, and June 6-7, Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters. Typically, only youth (age 17 and younger) and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement.
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To help celebrate Free Fishing Days, locations are planning fishing derbies, knot tying and casting clinics, and cleaning and cooking classes. In 2014, nearly 2,700 people participated in Free Fishing Day events. Some events require pre-registration, so call your favorite property for details. Individuals with special needs should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event, or call the DNR Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at 317-232-4145.
Locations that held 2014 Free Fishing Day events
|Buffalo Trace Park||Palmyra||812-364-6112|
|Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA)||Cloverdale||765-795-3552|
|Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA)||Rockville||765-344-1412|
|Cedar Lake||Cedar Lake||219-374-6157|
|Chain O' Lake State Park||Albion||260-636-2654|
|Eagle Creek Park||Indianapolis||317-327-7110|
|Fort Harrison State Park||Indianapolis||317-591-0904|
|Hurshtown Reservoir||Fort Wayne||260-627-3390|
|J. Edward Roush Lake||Huntington||260-468-2127|
|Lincoln State Park||Lincoln City||812-937-1979|
|Logansport Isaac Walton League||Logansport||574-753-6969|
|Mounds State Park||Anderson||765-649-8128|
|O'Bannon Woods State Park||Corydon||812-738-8234|
|Pigeon River FWA||Mongo||260-367-2164|
|Pokagon State Park at Trine SRA||Fremont||260-833-2012|
|Prairie Creek Reservoir||Muncie||765-747-4776|
|River Preserve - Bainter Town||Goshen||574-535-6458|
|Sam Peden Community Park||New Albany||812-948-5360|
|Shakamak State Park||Jasonville||812-665-2158|
|Starve Hollow State Recreation Area||Vallonia||812-358-3464|
|Summit Lake State Park||New Castle||765-766-5873|
|Tippecanoe River State Park||Winamac||574-946-3213|
|Trine State Recreation Area||Fremont||260-833-2012|
|Versailles State Park||Versailles||812-689-6424|
|Whitewater Memorial State Park||Liberty||765-458-5565|
|Willow Slough FWA||Morocco||219-285-2704|
If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, please consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year. Plus, sales help fund fisheries management, maintain public access sites, and provide free sport fishing educational programs.
For future fishing events, view the Division of Fish & Wildlife's calendar.