Get your fishing poles ready

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.

To find a stocked stream near you, visit For regulations, visit

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 managementpublic accessfish stocking, and education programs.