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

Four FREE days of fishing on April 18, May 16 and June 6-7, 2015

girl fishingThis 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.

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.

Locations that held 2014 Free Fishing Day events

Property name Location Phone
Brookville Reservoir Brookville 765-647-2657
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
Hardy Lake Austin/Scottsburg 812-794-3800
Hurshtown Reservoir Fort Wayne 260-627-3390
J. Edward Roush Lake Huntington 260-468-2127
Lake Maxinkuckee Culver 574-952-2963
Lincoln State Park Lincoln City 812-937-1979
Logansport Isaac Walton League Logansport 574-753-6969
Marion Utilities Marion 765-664-2391
Mississinewa Lake Peru 260-468-2127
Monroe Lake Bloomington 812-837-9546
Mounds State Park Anderson 765-649-8128
Muscatatuck NWR Seymour 812-522-4352
O'Bannon Woods State Park Corydon 812-738-8234
Patoka Lake Birdseye 812-685-2447
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
Robinson Lake Hobart 219-743-0679
Salamonie Lake Andrews 260-468-2127
Sam Peden Community Park New Albany 812-948-5360
Saxony Park Fishers 317-842-9550
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.

If you wish to learn how to host a fishing event, please visit Go FishIN or contact us at gofishin@dnr.in.gov.