Indiana Free Fishing Day set for April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, is the first 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.

A number of special events will be held on April 21.

— A Family Learn to Fish workshop will take place at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required.

— More family fishing fun will happen at Salamonie Lake in Andrews, Fort Harrison State Park and Krannert Park in Indianapolis, Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Glen Miller Park in Richmond, St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area (Wyland Pond) in Syracuse, and Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette.

Specific information on these Free Fishing Day events is on the Free Fishing Days website at

People interested in attending a Free Fishing Day event should contact the host property in advance because some activities, like the one at Muscatatuck NWR, may require registration.

The three other Free Fishing Days for 2018 are May 19 and June 2 and 3.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Natural Resources