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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 18, May 16 and June 6-7, 2015

girl fishingThere are four free fishing days for Hoosiers to enjoy in 2015: April 18, May 16, and June 6-7. 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.

2015 Free Fishing Day Events

June 6
Family Learn to Fish Workshops

More Saturday Fishing 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
Hurshtown Reservoir Fort Wayne 260-627-3390
Logansport Isaac Walton League Logansport 574-753-6969
Marion Utilities Marion 765-664-2391
Mississinewa Lake Peru 260-468-2127
Monroe Lake (Paynetown SRA) Bloomington 812-837-9546
Munger Park Lafayette 765-807-1360
Muscatatuck NWR Seymour 812-522-4352
O'Bannon Woods State Park Corydon 812-738-8234
Ouabache State Park Bluffton 260-468-2127
Ox Bow County Park Goshen 574-535-6458
Patoka Lake Birdseye 812-685-2447
Pigeon River FWA Mongo 260-367-2164
Prairie Creek Reservoir Muncie 765-747-4776
Prophetstown State Park West Lafayette 765-567-4919
Reservoir Park Fort Wayne 260-456-1616
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

June 7
Family Learn to Fish Workshops

More Sunday Fishing Events

Property name Location Phone
Hardy Lake Austin/Scottsburg 812-794-3800
Holliday Park Indianapolis 317-327-7180
Lake Larrew Pierceton 317-727-4098
Lincoln State Park Lincoln City 812-937-1979
Mounds State Park Anderson 765-649-8128
Mill Race Park Columbus 812-376-2680
Shakamak State Park Jasonville 812-665-2158
Tippecanoe River State Park Winamac 574-946-3213

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