LAKE JAMES — Pokagon State Park and other Indiana Department of Natural Resources properties will host a free fishing weekend Saturday and Sunday.
For Hoosiers who have never cast a fishing line or haven’t cast a line in a while, the weekend allows Indiana adults to try fishing without a license, trout or salmon stamp.
Clint Kowalik, DNR Go FishIN coordinator, suggested several Free Fishing Weekend options for adults and families.
“Go alone to a quiet, secret spot, explore new waters with your family or take a kid to a local fishing derby or city park pond,” Kowalik said.
Recreation areas across the state are planning fun fishing derbies, casting clinics, fish-cleaning demonstrations and cooking classes.
Properties hosting activities for Free Fishing Weekend also include:
• Hurshtown Reservoir, Fort Wayne, 627-3390
• J. Edward Roush Lake, Huntington, 468-2127
• Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, 468-2127
• River Preserve County Park, Goshen, 535-6458
• Salamonie Lake, Andrews, 468-2127
A full list is at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/3598.htm.
Adults who decide they want to buy a license for the rest of the year can do so anytime at IndianaOut door.IN.gov. The standard resident license costs $17.
Children age 17 and younger do not need a fishing license in Indiana at any time.
All other fishing regulations are still in effect during Free Fishing Weekend.