Indiana Free Fishing Days & Learn to Fish Program

Fishing is one of those activities that you don’t know if your kids will like it until they try it. Thanks to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, there are opportunities to try fishing for free! You may be familiar with the giant fishing pond at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at the back of the DNR building. Lots of kids learn to fish at the fairgrounds each summer but there are also days kids and their parents can try fishing during the year. Indiana DNR hosts four free fishing days and at some properties, they even have equipment and bait for you to use. Instruction and education is also provided.

Free Fishing Days in Indiana 2021

  • Sunday, May 2
  • Saturday, June 5
  • Sunday, June 6
  • Saturday, September 25

Free Fishing Day at Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park

No experience is needed, but to participate, children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by a related adult. All bait and fishing equipment will be provided. No fishing license is required because it is a Free Fishing Day. Pre-registration is required. The workshop is free but a $7 per vehicle gate fee is charged to enter the park. Additional locations are offering fishing workshops.

Where to go Fishing in Indianapolis

There are many places to go fishing near Indy, but we’re mostly experts on the best places to go fishing in Indianapolis with kids.

No License Free Fishing Days

There are only four days each year that you don’t need a fishing license to go fishing in Indiana. If you go fishing any of the other 361 days and you are 18 or older, you need a fishing license.

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