First Free Fishing Day of the year is April 20


Bring the family to your local fishing hole Saturday, April 20, the first of four Indiana Free Fishing Days this year.

On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without a fishing license or a salmon/trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity for families to learn to fish together because adults do not need a fishing license on those days. Children 17 and younger do not need a license on any day. A number of fishing events will be held on April 20:

  • A Women’s Learn to Fish workshop will be held at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Advanced registration is required; register online at or by calling 574-674-9765.
  • 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 by calling 812-522-4352 x12 or Find more information at
  • State Parks are also hosting Free Fishing Day events. You can find a list of State Park events

Specific information about all Free Fishing Day events can be found at

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