Free fishing offered up by DNR to Hoosier residents this weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — This weekend is the last opportunity in 2016 for adults to fish for free in Indiana. June 4th and 5th are the final two days of the Free Fishing Days program.

On these special days, Indiana residents who are age 18 and older can fish public waters without needing a fishing license or a trout stamp. Places that are known as “paid lakes” are not included in this program.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR),Free Fishing Weekend is a great opportunity to take someone fishing who doesn’t already have a license and also offers time for families to teach youngsters how to fish since kids 18 and younger never need a license. During the course of a year, DNR will issue nearly 400,000 licenses to Hoosier residents.

The DNR Go FishIN program will also offer free Family Learn to Fish Workshops in Carmel, Porter County, Edinburgh and Evansville. These are the last of 16 Family Learn to Fish Workshops in 2016.

During these three-hour workshops, attendees will learn basic fishing skills so that they can fish confidently on their own.

Also included in this weekends fishing activities several city, county and state parks will be hosting fishing derbies. For more information on Free Fishing Days or the workshops, visit

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