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License Information

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Welcome to the 2014 Indiana Fishing Guide and the fishing opportunities that await you on Hoosier waterways.

The following pages provide you with the basic information about license requirements, bag and size limits and other rules you need to know before heading to your favorite lake, river or stream.

It is a summary of Indiana regulations designed as a service to anglers and is not intended to be a complete digest of all fishing regulations. Some rules may change after printing of this booklet, so be sure to check the DNR website ( for updates.

These regulations only apply to fish that originate from, or are taken from, the public waters of Indiana. Fish from public waters that migrate into or from private waters are still covered by these regulations. These regulations do not apply to fish in private waters that did not originate from public waters.

Who Needs a Fishing License

To fish in public lakes, streams, rivers or tributaries in Indiana or its boundary waters, you must have a valid fishing license that is signed in ink, or qualify for a license exemption. You must carry your license with you when fishing and present it to an Indiana Conservation Officer (or any authorized law enforcement official) upon request. There are fines and penalties for fishing without a license.

Indiana residents who are 64 years old and born after March 31, 1943 are eligible to buy a Senior Annual or Senior Fish for Life License.

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

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 not claim residency for fishing, hunting or trapping in another state or country. All others are non-residents.

To legally fish for or take trout and salmon from public waters, you must also have a valid trout and salmon stamp privilege and a valid fishing license (signed in ink).

Trout/salmon stamps can be bought separately as a commemorative issue. Commemorative stamps do not convey fishing privileges. Contact the DNR Customer Service Center, Indiana Government Center South, 402 W. Washington St., Room W160, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

License Exemptions

A fishing license and trout and 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.
  • 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 in a private pond that does not have ingress or egress of fish from public waters. However, 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. However, 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, their spouses and children living with them, while hunting, fishing or trapping 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 comprised solely of an immediate family and farm that land. Farmland means means agricultural land that is devoted or best adaptable to the production of crops, fruits, timber or raising livestock, or is assess 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. See or call (317) 234-5191.

(NOTE: 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 or download the application form at Mail the form with a stamped self-addressed envelope to DNR Customer Service Center.

How to buy a license

Online …

Go to:

In Person …

Bait shops, retailers and DNR offices have computer stations to sell Indiana licenses and stamp privileges. For more information, go to

Or visit the DNR Customer Service Center, Indiana Government Center South, Room W160, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

By Phone …

Call the DNR Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200. Allow two weeks for delivery. All licenses are non-transferable and non-refundable.

By Mail …

Send your order with the following information:

  • Name, date of birth
  • Complete address, city, state, ZIP, phone number
  • Height, weight, sex, color of hair and eyes
  • Social Security or Indiana driver’s license number is mandatory
  • Specify the licenses you need and dates for one-day or multi-day licenses

Send check, money order or credit card number (Visa or MasterCard only) for licenses, made payable to Indiana DNR to:


DNR Customer Service Center

402 W. Washington St., Rm. W160

Indianapolis, IN, 46204

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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