Indiana will once again host several free fishing days in 2024, allowing residents to cast a line without the need for a fishing license.

Fishing Is a Fantastic Small Pleasure

One of the greatest pleasures in life is sitting beside a body of water with a fishing pole in your hands. There really is something magical about it and while I don't get to do it as often as I did when I was a kid, I do still enjoy it very much. Of course to fish in the Hoosier State you do have to have an Indiana state issued fishing license, except on free fishing days!

Indiana DNR Has Announced Its Free Fishing Days for 2024

Mark your calendars and get ready to toss your rod and reel over your shoulder and grab your tackle box! The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has revealed their annual free fishing days! That means you don't need a fishing license to cast your line and hook the big one!

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Mark Your Calendar and Grab Your Tackle Box

According to the Indiana DNR, there are four free fishing days in 2024: Sunday, May 12th, Saturday and Sunday, June 1st - 2nd, and Saturday, September 28th.

On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state's public waters. All other rules such as seasons, bag, and size limits apply.</p><p>Free Fishing Days are an excellent opportunity to learn how to fish, take your family fishing, or introduce a friend to fishing.
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Free Fishing Days in Neighboring Illinois Too

According to, you can also enjoy free fishing days in Illinois in 2024 too. Enjoy free fishing on Father's Day weekend, Friday through Monday, June 14th to 17th.

How to Buy an Indiana Fishing License

In Indiana, if you're wondering where you can purchase a fishing license so you can fish year-round, you can visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website. While you are there, be sure you check out their list of places to go fishing, including what's biting where, as well as guides and regulations for the state.

Personally, I've always been a fan of fishing for catfish. I feel like they're more fun to catch. As a kid, we would use nightcrawlers but more often than not, fresh beef livers from the grocery store were the best bet to reel in a big one!

25 Personalized License Plates Rejected by the Indiana BMV

Every year the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles sifts through applications for personalized license plates, and every year hundreds are rejected below are 25 of the more than 1,000 rejected license plates that the BMV received between January and December of 2023. You'll also find a link to the full list of rejected personalized license plates below.

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