Sunday, March 10, 2013

Indiana's Free Fishing Days

April 20, May 18 and June 1-2, 2013 Free and Fishing are two of my favorite words! – Check this out…
girl fishingIn years past, we as Indiana residents enjoyed one weekend of free fishing and family-friendly fishing events. This year, we have four days of free fishing!  
Normally, youth (age 17 and younger) and a few other special anglers are exempt from purchasing a fishing license; however, during 2013 Free Fishing Days (April 20, May 18, and June 1-2), all Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana’s public waters.

Don’t know where to fish? You may not have to travel far. The new Go FishIN in the City program is providing quality fishing opportunities and education events at several city park ponds across the state. You could also check out the amazing Where to Fish interactive map.

Or view property information for other DNR properties.
Load up the car with friends, family and fishing poles and enjoy FREE days of fishing. Check out a new lake or river, or introduce friends and family to a favorite fishing spot. Fishing can be enjoyed alone on a bank or shared among a boat load of people on the lake. It can be quiet and relaxing or fun and exciting. Fishing can also provide tasty meals, but don’t forget: fishing is not always “catching” fish, but it’s “trying to catch” fish. Click here for tips for keeping fishing simple. 
To help kids and adults celebrate Free Fishing Days, recreational areas located across Indiana are planning fun fishing derbies, knot tying & casting clinics, and fish cleaning & cooking classes. In 2012, nearly 2,100 people participated in public Free Fishing Weekend events. At several other events across the state, hundreds more got a free taste of fishing. Some events require pre-registration, so please call your favorite property for details.

Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in Free Fishing Days events at DNR properties should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event. Or call the DNR ADA Coordinator at 317-232-4145.

Click here to see properties hosting activities for Free Fishing Weekend
How does a Fishing License help make fishing better?  Who owns the fish in Indiana’s public lakes and streams? As Indianaboy and dad fishingcitizens, we all do. Fish are held in what is referred to as the “public trust.”
But who takes care of the fish? Well, we all do, of course; however, by legislative mandate, the DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has the power and responsibility to manage the fisheries resources of the State. Public access and fish management in Indiana is possible through license sales and the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Indiana receives federal reimbursement through this program for each licensed angler and this money is used for fisheries management and public access. DFW fisheries biologists survey fish populations in our public waters, so they can determine the health of the fisheries.
Biologists will then make recommendations for fish stocking or harvest regulations, which makes better fishing for you.
If you enjoyed the activities during Free Fishing Days, please consider purchasing a fishing license to help support our programs and to enable you to enjoy fishing throughout the year with your friends and family.
Some properties hosting fishing activities throughout the year
  • Brookville Lake, Brookville, 765-458-5565
  • Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, 317-562-1338
  • Garvin Park Lake, Evansville, 812-838-2927 (Hovey Lake)
  • Hoosier National Forest, Bedford, 812-275-5987
  • River Preserve County Park, Goshen, 574-535-6458