Free Fishing!

By: Andrew Carty, Sustainability and the Greek Experience

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend JUNE 7-8, 2014

For this weekend, Indiana residents will not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters.


What if you don’t know where to fish?

“Go FishIN in the City” program provides fishing opportunities at several city park ponds.

Furthermore, DNR-specified locations will host derbies, knot and casting clinics, and cleaning and cooking classes. Some events require pre-registration, so call ahead.

June 7-8 Free Fishing Weekend Event Locations

Family Learn to Fish Carmel, IN – June 7
Family Learn to Fish Bloomington, IN – June 8
Family Learn to Fish Edinburgh, IN – June 8

Other Opportunities:
Property Location

Brookville Reservoir Brookville
Buffalo Trace Park Palmyra
Cagles Mill Lake (Lieber SRA) Cloverdale
Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA) Rockville
Cedar Lake Cedar Lake
Chain O’ Lake State Park Albion
Eagle Creek Park Indianapolis
Fort Harrison State Park Indianapolis
Hardy Lake Austin/Scottsburg
Hurshtown Reservoir Fort Wayne
J. Edward Roush Lake Huntington
Lake Maxinkuckee Culver
Lincoln State Park Lincoln City
Logansport Isaac Walton League Logansport
Marion Utilities Marion
Mississinewa Lake Peru
Monroe Lake Bloomington
Mounds State Park Anderson
Muscatatuck NWR Seymour
O’Bannon Woods State Park Corydon
River Preserve – Bainter Town Goshen
Patoka Lake Birdseye
Pigeon River FWA Mongo
Pokagon State Park at Trine SRA Fremont
Prairie Creek Reservoir Muncie
Robinson Lake Hobart
Salamonie Lake Andrews
Sam Peden Community Park New Albany
Saxony Park Fishers
Shakamak State Park Jasonville
Starve Hollow State Recreation Area Vallonia
Summit Lake State Park New Castle
Tippecanoe River State Park Winamac
Trine State Recreation Area Fremont
Versailles State Park Versailles
Whitewater Memorial State Park Liberty
Willow Slough FWA Morocco

Fishing is not all about catching fish, but rather the experience of trying to catch fish. Just have some fun and enjoy! If you like it, purchase a fishing permit through DNR and explore the rest of the fisheries of the State. Permit proceeds go toward maintaining the State’s fisheries as well as the public access to those fisheries.

Contact DNR about Free Fishing Weekend at!


3 thoughts on “Free Fishing!

  1. This seems like a good program to foster outdoor recreation for those in more urban areas — it’s neat to see state-funded programs that encourage that important connection between the environment and recreation. A nice side effect of encouraging fishing might be the removal (albeit probably inadvertent and extremely slow removal) of invasive species in water systems since it’s prohibited to release aquatic invasive species once caught. It could also be an opportunity for curriculum development or academic growth for students — primarily in ecology and biology.

  2. I spent most of my childhood growing up in an urban area; the “outdoors” meant a playground or a sports field. The first time I went finishing at a pond was an illuminating experience. I started to gain an understanding and appreciation of what was beyond my cultivated urban setting. I think it’s great that the state is aiming this program towards families and children, especially within cities. Hopefully some children will enjoy their experience as much as I did!

  3. I’m sad I’ll still be out of town when this is going on! I don’t know much about fishing, and the need for a license is a sort of barrier for me. Removing this barrier for one weekend is a great idea for encouraging all kinds of people to pick up a new hobby in the outdoors. Hopefully some of this weekend’s participants will get “hooked” on fishing! Harhar…couldn’t resist 🙂

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