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Free Fishing Weekend

Do you love to fish but just never have time to go get a license? The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is hosting Free Fishing Weekend June 5-6, which allows anyone to fish without a license during those two days.

Scott and Graham Steelhead Trout Fishing

Photo by Jon Marshall, courtesy Flickr

Relax on the banks of an Indiana lake or river with old friends or make it a family weekend by teaching your kids to fish. Youth 17 and younger never require a fishing license, so if they get “hooked” on the experience, only you will need to purchase a license to take them next time. If you’re not sure how good of a fishing coach you’ll be, try reading DNR’s tips for fishing with kids.

Find the perfect place to fish near your home by using DNR’s interactive fishing map. Several spots are offering special activities this weekend, like fish cleaning and cooking classes and knot-tying demonstrations. Call in advance for pre-registration details.

Properties hosting activities for free fishing weekend:

  • Brookville Reservoir, Brookville, 765-458-5565
  • 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’Lakes State Park, 260-636-2654
  • Dobbs Park Nature Center, Terre Haute, 812-877-1095
  • Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, 317-327-7110
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park, Jeffersonville, 812-280-9970
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park, Osceola, 574-277-4828
  • Hardy Lake, Austin/Scottsbug, 812-74-3800
  • Hot Pond Park, Lebanon, 765-482-8860
  • Hoosier National Forest, Bedford, 812-275-5987
  • Hurshtown Reservoir, Fort Wayne 260-627-3390
  • J. Edward Roush Lake, Huntington, 260-468-2127
  • Mississinewa Lake, Peru, 260-468-2127
  • Monroe Lake, Bloomington, 812-837-9546
  • Morse Reservoir, Cicero, 317-984-3475
  • Mounds State Park, Anderson, 765-649-8128
  • O’Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon, 812-738-8234
  • Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, 260-824-0926
  • Ox Bow Park, Goshen, 574-535-6458
  • Patoka Lake, Birdseye, 812-685-2464
  • Prairie Creek Reservoir, Selma, 765-747-4776
  • River Preserve Park, Goshen, 574-535-6458
  • Salamonie Lake, Andrews, 260-468-2127
  • St. Patrick County Park, South Bend, 219-277-4828
  • 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
  • Versailles State Park, Versailles, 812-689-6424
  • Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty, 765-458-5565
  • Williams Dam Public Fishing Area, Williams, 812-388-5564
  • Willow Slough FWA, Morocco, 219-285-2704

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Written by : Andrea is a communication and PR pro in Indianapolis. A transplant from Kokomo and proud Butler alumna, she loves exploring the big city she now calls home. Andrea avidly cheers for the Colts and Bulldogs, tours museums and sniffs out the best restaurants in the city. Follow Andrea on Twitter at @andreadandrews.