Indiana is home to more than 3,000 rivers and streams, and an enormous variety of fish. You can fish all the way from Patoka Lake, filled with bass and crappies, to Geist Reservoir, where you’ll find lake trout and walleye. If you are interested in fishing from some of Indiana’s waters than I suggest you familiarize yourself with there rules and regulations regarding their licenses, luckily for you that is what we’re sharing here.

Indiana Fishing Regulations

The State of Indiana states:

  • You may not take any live fish and release it into any other public waters without a stocking permit
  • You may not fish with more than three poles or lines
  • You may not have more than three hooks and/or lures on your line – a multi-prong hook, or two or more single-prong hooks used to hold a single bait is considered one hook
  • Single- or multi-barbed hooks may be used for hand or pole lines, float or jug fishing, limb, drop or trot lines
  • You may not use nets, gaff hooks, or grab hooks except to land legally caught fish
  • You may not use more than one snare to take suckers, carp, gar, and bowfin.
  • You may not use snars between sunset and sunrise
  • You may use limb lines within the following guidelines:
    • A limb line involves suspending a fishing line from a tree limb extending beyond the bank of a body of water
    • You may fish with no more than 10 limb lines or drop lines at once
    • Each line may have no more than one single- or multi-barbed hook attached to it
    • Each line must have a readable tag showing the name and address of the user, or the DNR-issued Customer ID number
    • All lines must be checked at least every 24 hours
    • You may not use a limb or drop line within 300 yards of a partial or full dam structure located on any stream, river, ditch, canal or reservoir
  • You may not snag fish from public waters.
  • You may not keep trout and salmon that are foul-hooked
  • You may not take fish by trot line, set line, throw line, net, or trap within 300 yards of a dam on an Indiana waterway or boundary water
  • You may not mutilate and return fish to the water unless the fish is lawfully used as bait
  • You may not dispose of fish parts in any state waters
  • You may not take or possess these endangered fish in Indiana:
    • Bantam sunfish
    • Hoosier cavefish
    • Channel darter
    • Gilt darter
    • Greater redhorse
    • Lake sturgeon
    • Northern brook lamprey
    • Pallid shiner
    • Redside dace
    • Variegate darter

Fishing License Period

Tennessee fishing licenses are available as:

  • Daily fishing licenses
  • Annual fishing licenses
  • Lifetime fishing licenses

Free or Reduced Fee Indiana Fishing Licenses

The State of Indiana offers free fishing licenses or reduced fishing licenses for :

  • Fishermen over the age of 63

Indiana Fishing Licenses Are NOT Required For

Fishing licenses are not required for:

  • Indiana residents over the age of 74
  • Residents and non-residents 17 or younger
  • Residents that are legally blind
  • Residents of a state-owned mental rehabilitation facility
  • Residents of any licensed health care facility in Indiana that are participating in a supervised fishing activity sponsored by the facility
  • Residents who have a developmental disability
  • Anyone who is fishing in a private pond that doesn’t have fish entry from or exit to public waters (must have owners permission)
  • Residents of Indiana who are in full-time military service while on approved military leave
  • Resident owners or tenant of Indiana farmland who farm that land while fishing on the farmland they own or lease
  • Some non-resident landowners, while fishing in public waters from the farmland they own

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