Free fishing for Indiana residents; no license needed


Saturday and Sunday are free fishing days around the state for Indiana residents.

That means even adults do not need to display their regular fishing licenses.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources sanctions such days periodically. In this case, the two consecutive days of free fishing dovetail with the start of National Fishing and Boating Week, which is June 6 through 14.

DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife said June is a particularly good month for anglers to catch largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish and Skamania steelhead around the Hoosier State. Channel catfish recently was stocked in some urban parks.

Boating and fishing are a good way to get out of the house with family and enjoy the outdoors, the DNR said, and especially now as things open up with a cautious approach to the coronavirus, activities that can be done while social distancing.

To obtain information about public fishing and access sites, anglers can check DNR also provides fishing tips and videos through its website at

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