Free fishing days set for this weekend

Saturday and Sunday are the last of four free fishing days in Indiana this year.

On these special days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without needing a fishing license or a trout stamp.

Free fishing days are prime opportunities for families to learn to fish because adults do not need a fishing license on those days, and children ages 17 and younger do not need a license on any day. Free fishing weekend also is a great opportunity to take someone fishing who doesn’t already have a license.

Department of Natural Resources properties and other sites across the state will be hosting youth and family fishing events.

People interested in attending an event are encouraged to contact the host property in advance because some activities may require registration.

Locally, events are planned near Seymour at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 812-522-4352 ext. 12; near Vallonia at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, 812-358-3464; and in Columbus at Mill Race Park, 812-376-2680.

For information on specific events and to find a printable list of all upcoming fishing events, see