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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Fishing > Free Fishing Days Free Fishing Days

Four FREE days of fishing on April 16, May 21 and June 4-5, 2016

girl fishingThere are four free fishing days for Hoosiers to enjoy in 2016: April 16, May 21, and June 4-5. On these days, 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.

Please check back in spring for 2016 Free Fishing Day Events

Don’t know where to fish? A few ideas:

Don’t forget: Fishing is not always catching fish, but it’s trying to catch fish. Tips for keeping fishing simple.

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.

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.

If you wish to learn how to host a fishing event, please visit Go FishIN or contact us at