Free Fishing Weekend kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents can fish the state’s public waters without a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6. The two Free Fishing Days kick off National Fishing and Boating Week, June 5-13, a national celebration that highlights the importance of recreational fishing and boating.

June is an especially good time to fish for largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish and Skamania steelhead, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Fishing tips and videos can be found at

Some urban parks, including Dobbs Pond in Terre Haute, will be stocked this week with catchable-size channel catfish. For public fishing areas and access sites statewide, explore the Where to Fish map available online. Indiana is also home to several water trails across the state that provide opportunities to fish while you paddle.

To learn more about Free Fishing Weekend events, visit This year’s last Free Fishing Day will be Sept. 25.

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