Fishing license sales provide crucial funding for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conserve and manage the state’s aquatic resources. As the costs of habitat restoration, fish stocking, research, and maintaining public access sites continue to rise, the DNR implemented fishing license fee increases in 2022 for the first time since 2006.

Understanding the Need for Fee Increases

The DNR relies on revenue from hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses to fund conservation efforts and resource management. However, the buying power of license fees set in 2006 has diminished over time due to inflation.

To address this funding shortfall and ensure the DNR can sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved fee increases in 2021. These additional funds will allow the DNR to:

  • Conduct critical fish and wildlife research
  • Restore and enhance aquatic habitats
  • Maintain public access sites and infrastructure
  • Expand educational programs for anglers
  • Support DNR law enforcement efforts

Fishing License Fee Changes for Residents

Effective for the 2022-2023 license year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023), Indiana residents saw the following fishing license fee increases:

License TypePrevious FeeNew Fee
Annual Fishing License$17$23
Senior Annual Fishing License (65+)$3$3 (no change)
Senior Fish for Life License (65+)$17$23

Youth under 18 can still fish without a license, making it easy for families to enjoy the outdoors together.

Non-Resident Fishing License Fee Adjustments

Non-residents visiting Indiana also experienced fishing license fee changes in 2022:

License TypePrevious FeeNew Fee
Annual Fishing License$35$60
7-Day Fishing License$20$35
1-Day Fishing License (with trout/salmon stamp)$9$15

These adjustments bring Indiana’s non-resident license fees more in line with neighboring states, ensuring visitors contribute their fair share to conservation while maintaining Indiana’s appeal as a fishing destination.

Special Licenses and Exemptions

Indiana offers several special licenses and exemptions to keep fishing accessible for all:

  • Youth Licenses: Reduced-cost or free options for anglers under 18
  • Senior Licenses: Discounted fees for anglers 64 and older, including a lifetime license
  • Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Licenses: Reduced-cost licenses for disabled veterans
  • Landowner Exemptions: Indiana landowners and their families can fish on their property without a license

How Fishing License Fees Support Conservation

Fishing license sales are vital for funding Indiana’s aquatic conservation efforts, including:

  • Habitat restoration and protection to sustain fish populations
  • Fish stocking to provide ample opportunities for anglers
  • Research on fish populations, habitats, and environmental factors
  • Educational programs on responsible fishing and conservation
  • Maintenance of public access sites, boat ramps, and fishing piers
  • Support for DNR law enforcement to protect resources

By purchasing a fishing license, anglers directly contribute to the long-term health of Indiana’s fisheries and help preserve fishing opportunities for generations to come.

Convenient Ways to Purchase an Indiana Fishing License

Anglers have two easy options for buying an Indiana fishing license:

  1. Online: Visit the DNR website to purchase a license 24/7 and print it at home
  2. In Person: Buy a license at authorized retailers like bait shops, sporting goods stores, and DNR offices

Remember, fishing licenses are valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year, regardless of when they are purchased.

The Importance of Fishing License Fees

At, we understand the vital role anglers play in conserving our aquatic resources. By purchasing a fishing license, you’re investing in Indiana’s fish and wildlife while gaining access to diverse fishing opportunities statewide.

We encourage all anglers to stay informed about fishing regulations, engage with the angling community, and introduce new participants to the joys of fishing. Together, we can ensure Indiana’s fishing heritage thrives for generations to come.

For more information on Indiana fishing licenses, regulations, and conservation efforts, visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website or contact your local DNR office.

Do I need a fishing license if I’m fishing on private property?

If you’re fishing on your own Indiana farmland, you and your immediate family members are exempt from needing a fishing license. However, a license is required for fishing on any other private or public waters in the state.

Are there any free fishing days in Indiana?

Yes, the DNR offers several free fishing days throughout the year when no license is required for Indiana residents or non-residents. These dates are typically announced in advance and can be found on the DNR website.

Can I use my fishing license from another state in Indiana?

No, a valid Indiana fishing license is required to fish in the state’s waters, even if you hold a license from another state.

How long is an Indiana fishing license valid?

Annual fishing licenses are valid for one year, from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. Some special licenses, such as the senior lifetime fishing license, have different validity periods.

Where can I find more information about Indiana fishing regulations and seasons?

The Indiana DNR website provides comprehensive information on fishing regulations, season dates, and other important details for anglers. You can also contact your local DNR office or authorized retailer for assistance.

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