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As spring approaches, many Greater Indianapolis residents will prepare for fishing season. Fishing is a great pastime in Central Indiana. Still, residents should make sure they are following Indiana law while doing it. In Indiana, fishers must possess a DNR-provided fishing license when they fish in public waterways.
Licensing Requirements in Indiana
Central Indiana residents must obtain an Indiana Department of Natural Resources-provided license if they fish in public lakes, rivers, streams or tributaries. Whenever residents are fishing, they must have this license on hand at all times. Residents in Central Indiana are eligible for a resident fishing license 60 days after they have owned a home or established primary residence in-state. Otherwise, fishers must obtain an out-of-state license. Fishers at least 64 years old can purchase a special Senior Fish for Life or Senior Annual License. While a fishing license allows fishing in public waterways, it has some limitations. There is special licensing required to harvest trout and salmon in Indiana. Fishing licenses are a privilege, and the State of Indiana has the right to take them away at any time. Generally, licenses are only revoked if license holders abuse or violate established Indiana fishing and wildlife laws.
While most fishers in Indiana need a license to fish in public waterways, certain populations in Indiana are not required to have one. For one, any Indiana resident born before April 1st, 1943, does not have to have a DNR-provided fishing license. Instead, residents born before this date should carry an Indiana driver’s license or some other form of identification to prove their age. Fishers under the age of 18 also do not need a license, regardless of their residence status. Indiana residents who serve in the United States Military do not need a fishing license if they are on leave. Still, they need to carry leave orders and identification to prove their status. Anyone, regardless of residence status, fishing on a private property does not need an Indiana fishing license as long as the waterway used is completely isolated and not connected in any form to a public waterway. Regardless, anyone fishing in waterways on private properties must always have the permission of the landowner. A full list of exemptions is available on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website.
Obtaining a License and License Prices
It is fairly easy to obtain a fishing license in Indiana. They can be purchased online, over the phone, through the mail or in person. Fishing licenses for Indiana residents cost just $17.00 for a full year. One-day fishing licenses can also be purchase for $9.00 by Indiana residents. Special licensing for salmon and trout fishing is just $11.00 for state residents. There is also a hunting and fishing combination license available from the state. It is $25.00. Non-residents can purchase Indiana fishing licenses as well, but they are generally more expensive.