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Welcome to the 2015 Indiana Fishing Guide and the fishing opportunities that await you on Indiana waters.

This free guide gives you basic information about license requirements, bag and size limits, and other fishing rules you need to know before heading to your favorite lake, river or stream.

Fishing remains a popular activity for Americans and especially for Hoosiers. Almost 46 million Americans participated in fishing in 2013 and collectively made 904 million fishing trips — an average of 19.7 days per participant.

About 880,000 people fish in Indiana to the tune of almost 21 million outings — an average of almost 24 days per participant.

A 2014 report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and the Outdoor Foundation found that more than 79 percent of fishing trips are spontaneous.

It’s easy to see why Hoosiers embrace fishing. The fact we have more than 450 natural lakes and 21,000 miles of fishable streams is a major attraction.

But there’s more.

The RBBF/Outdoor Foundation report tells us that (other than catching fish) people say the best things about fishing include enjoying nature, getting away from life’s demands, spending time with family or friends, experiencing solitude, or sharing the moment with a child.

Whatever your motivation is for fishing, here’s hoping that you have an enjoyable time this year on Indiana’s waterways.

Cameron Clark

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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