It is that time of year again. Anglers are heading out to the water in search of the next great fishing story and a great big family fish fry. But before you ever make it out to the water you need to make sure that you have your Indiana state fishing license.
Indiana fishing regulations require you to have a fishing license when fishing any state run lake, river, streams,parks, reservoirs or many of their small DNR ponds.
Getting an Indiana state fishing license is really pretty easy and can save you a ton of money. Getting caught without a license will cost you around a $150 fine, and all you need to pay to get one is $17 measly dollars.
Why do you need a fishing license?
It is required by the state. Just as you need a license to drive, you must have a license to allow you to fish. Yes, I know. It sounds like a scam, but in all honesty the next question will help you understand why you have to purchase one.
Where does the money from an Indiana State Fishing License go.
The income from fishing licenses goes on to pay for the DNR to fund the projects that will enhance the outdoor experience for you. Most people don’t really it, but there is a whole team that works on every body of water to make sure that it is safe and growing properly.
Here is a short list of what the DNR do with your money.
Lake, river and stream surveys.
Natural Resource Planning
Fish surveys that controls the regulations
So in the big picture, your $17 that you pay to fish is just a drop in the bucket to all that we are able to have because of it.
Who Needs a License?
If you do not fall into one of these catagories, it is required that you purchase a license and keep it on you whenever you are fishing.
**Quoted From http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2347.htm
• Residents born before April 1, 1943. However, you should carry your driver’s license or other identification to verify your age and residency.
• Resident and non-resident anglers under the age of 18.
• Residents who are legally blind.
• Residents of a state-owned mental rehabilitation facility.
• Residents of any licensed health care facility in Indiana taking part in a supervised fishing activity sponsored by the facility.
• Fishing a private pond does not require a license. However, the angler must have permission from the property owner to fish.
• Residents of Indiana who are engaged in full-time military service may fish without a license while on approved military leave. However, the angler must carry leave orders and a valid Indiana driver’s license or voter registration card. Non-resident military personnel stationed within Indiana must obtain a resident license to fish or hunt in Indiana.
• Landowners or lessees of farmland, who farm that land, their spouses and children living with them, while fishing in public waters from the farmland they own or lease.
Can I fish in other states with my Indiana state fishing license.
No, a license is only good in the state that you purchase it from. Each state has their own funding and their own projects. In order to keep your money in your own lakes and rivers you will have to buy an out of state license if you to other states.
What do I need to get a fishing license in Indiana?
Simple, all you need is one valid up to date form of identification. A regular driver’s license or a state identification card will do just fine.
Do I need a license to fish at my uncle’s pond?
No, you only need to purchase and use a license for any fishing on state property.
How long is my fishing license good for?
Your Indiana State fishing license is good from April 1 through March 31.
What do I do if I lose my fishing license?
If you lose your fishing license, all you need to do it go online to http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/dnr-license/ and it will guide you through. When I had to reprint mine last year I believe it cost me $3.00.
Where can I find the Indiana fishing regulations guide?
Here you go: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2347.htm
Where can I get a fishing License.
You can get a fishing license at almost everywhere live bait is sold, exception being bait like Walts Crawlers that you can purchase in a gas station.
More popular places are your local bait shops, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, DNR offices, most sporting good stores and many hardware stores.
Starting a few year back you can now purchase your Indiana State Fishing license online here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5330.htm