UNDATED – Stream trout season is now open.
Department of Natural Resource staff have been busy stocking more than 23,000 rainbow trout in preparation for this year’s opener.
Indiana’s first Free Fishing Day of the year is May 2.
Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp to cast a line and get out on the water on these special days which also include June 5-6, and Sept. 25, 2021.
All other rules such as seasons, bag, and size limits apply.
Free fishing days are a great opportunity to disconnect from the worries of everyday life and reconnect with family and friends.
May 2 is also Visit Indiana Day, which Indiana State Parks is celebrating by offering free admission. Celebrate both days by packing your poles and visiting a state lake or state park pond.
If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, please consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year). License sales support research, habitat management, public access, fish stocking, and education programs.