DNR offers free fishing weekend

Staff Reports

This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend for Indiana residents, who will not need a license to fish public Hoosier waters on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing.

Fishing and boating are excellent opportunities to get outside and connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing. June is an especially good time to fish for largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish and Skamania steelhead.

For public fishing areas and access sites, see on.IN.gov/where2fish. For fishing tips and videos, visit wildlife.IN.gov/3600.htm. Some urban parks were also stocked with catchable-size channel catfish recently — see wildlife.IN.gov/7508.htm. Indiana is also home to several water trails across the state that provide paddling opportunities. See on.IN.gov/watertrails for more information.

There will be a few fishing events throughout the state on Free Fishing Weekend. To learn more about these events, see dnr.IN.gov/fishfree.