Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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Indiana Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5

In addition to the details below on Indiana’s Free Fishing
Weekend, check out this link
for more on additional new from the Indiana Department of Natural

Youth, age 17 and younger, do not need a fishing license to fish
in Indiana waters. Additionally, during Free Fishing Weekend (June
4-5, 2011), all Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or
a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana waters. Find out how a Fishing
License helps make fishing better.

Load up the car with friends, family and fishing poles and enjoy a
FREE weekend 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 fishing with kids.

Don’t know where to fish? Check out the amazing Where to Fish
interactive map. View property information for other DNR

To help kids and adults celebrate Free Fishing Weekend, recreation
areas located across Indiana are planning fun fishing derbies, knot
tying demonstrations, casting clinics and fish cleaning and cooking
classes. Some properties require pre-registration. Call your
favorite property for details.

Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective
participation in Free Fishing Weekend 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.

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

Deam Lake, Borden, 812-246-5421

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, 812-794-3800

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

Oakland City New Lake, Oakland City, 812-634-5269

O’Bannon Woods State Park, Corydon, 812-738-8234

Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, 260-468-2127

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

Robinson Lake, Hobart, 219-743-0679

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

How does a Fishing License help make fishing better?

Who owns the fish in Indiana’s public lakes and streams? 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. Indiana’s 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 Weekend, 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

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


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