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Fishing Licenses & Fees

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Licenses

Resident¹

Non-Resident

Resident Apprentice

Annual Fishing

$17

$35

N/A

One-Day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon)

$9

$9

N/A

Seven-Day Fishing

N/A

$20

N/A

Senior Annual Fishing
(includes Trout/Salmon)2

$3

N/A

N/A

Senior Fish for Life2
(includes Trout/Salmon)

$17

N/A

N/A

Trout/Salmon Stamp

$11

$11

N/A

Annual Hunting and Fishing

$25

N/A

$25

Disabled American Veterans Hunt/Fish

$2.75

N/A

N/A

DAV 10-Year Hunt/Fish

$27.50

N/A

N/A

 

Who Needs a Fishing License

With a few exceptions, a valid fishing license issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is required to fish in public lakes, streams, rivers, tributaries, and boundary waters in Indiana.

A licensee must hold an ink-signed copy of a license while fishing. Signed printed copies and signed electronic copies are acceptable. You must present the license to an Indiana Conservation Officer (or any other authorized law enforcement official) upon request. There are fines and penalties for fishing without a license. To legally fish for or take trout and salmon from public waters, you must also have a valid trout/salmon stamp and a valid fishing license.

To qualify for resident fishing licenses, a person must have established a true fixed and permanent home and primary residence in Indiana for 60 consecutive days prior to purchasing a license or permit and may not claim residency for fishing, hunting, or trapping in another state or country. All other people are considered non-residents.

Indiana residents who were born after March 31, 1943 and are at least 64 years of age are eligible to buy a Senior Annual or Senior Fish for Life License. The Senior Fish for Life License is valid for the rest of the holder’s life and includes the trout/salmon stamp.

A fishing license may be revoked if the license holder is convicted of violating fish and wildlife regulations. Any equipment used in the violation of Indiana fish and wildlife laws may be seized for evidence and be confiscated upon conviction.

How to Purchase a License

Online

Go to on.IN.gov/INHuntFish. Online license purchases have a $1 per license fee for system support maintenance, and an additional $1 plus 1.99% credit card company fee on each transaction.

In Person

Visit one of more than 500 retailers statewide listed at on.IN.gov/INHuntFish or visit the DNR Customer Service Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

By Mail

Send a check or money order (payable to

DNR) or credit card information (include card number and expiration date) to:

Licenses

DNR Customer Service Center

402 W. Washington St., W160

Indianapolis, IN, 46204

Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Include:

  • The licenses you need and dates for one-day or multi-day licenses
  • Name, date of birth, Indiana Driver’s License number, and Social Security Number (required by IC 14-22-11-3)
  • Complete address, city, state, ZIP code, and phone number
  • Height, weight, sex, color of hair, and eyes

By Phone

Call 317-232-4200

License Exemptions

A fishing license and trout/salmon stamp are not required for:

  • Indiana residents born before April 1, 1943. Such residents should carry their driver’s license or other identification to verify age and residency.
  • Residents and non-residents under age 18.
  • Residents who are legally blind. Proof of being legally blind is not required while fishing.
  • 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.
  • Residents who have a developmental disability as defined by IC 12-7-2-61. Proof of the disability is not required while fishing.
  • Fishing in a private pond that does not allow fish entry from or exit to public waters. An angler must have permission from the property owner to fish.
  • Residents of Indiana engaged in full-time military service while on approved military leave. The angler must carry leave orders and a valid Indiana Driver’s License or voter registration card.
  • Resident owners or lessees of Indiana farmland who farm that land and their spouses and children living with them while fishing on the farmland they own or lease. This exemption does not apply to land owned by a business, corporation, or partnership unless the shareholders, partners, members, or owners are composed solely of an immediate family and farm that land. Farmland means agricultural land that is devoted to or best adaptable to the production of crops, fruits, timber, raising livestock, or is assessed as agricultural land for property tax purposes.
  • Some non-resident landowners, while fishing in public waters from the farmland they own, according to the exemptions that their state provides to Indiana residents.

Military & Veterans

Non-resident military personnel on active duty and stationed in Indiana may purchase an Indiana resident license. Indiana disabled American veterans can get a DAV fishing and hunting license application form from the County Service Officer where they live or they can download the application form at fishing.IN.gov by clicking “Buy online, in person or by mail” then “Disabled Veterans’ (DAV) License.” Mail the completed form to the DNR Customer Service Center: 402 W. Washington St., W160, Indianapolis, IN 46204.