Welcome to 2022-23 Indiana Fishing
Free Fishing Days
To Our Anglers
Welcome to the 2022 Indiana DNR Fishing Regulations Guide. We hope you find it helpful as you prepare to set out on your next fishing journey.
This guide provides a summary of Indiana fishing regulations. These regulations apply only to fish that originate from or are taken from Indiana's public waters. 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.
This guide is not intended to be a complete digest of regulations. If you need complete versions of Indiana rules and regulations for fishing, they can be found in Indiana Code (iga.IN.gov) or in Indiana Administrative Code (IN.gov/legislative/iac).
Any corrections or updates to information published in this guide will be made to the online version at fishing.IN.gov.
All funds made from selling Indiana hunting and fishing licenses go directly back to conservation. Your license funds are used for wildlife management, habitat management, land acquisition, shooting ranges, fish stocking, DNR law enforcement, and more. We thank all anglers, hunters, trappers, boaters, and recreational shooters in Indiana for their continued support of the Division of Fish & Wildlife. The funding stream you provide helps make conservation of Indiana’s natural resources a success.
Finally, we wish you luck in your 2022 fishing endeavors. We hope you get your best catch yet.
License Fee Increases
Indiana fishing, hunting, and trapping license and stamp fees have increased, which has not happened since 2006. To see updated license prices, see page 6 or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Why did license fees increase?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) collects excise taxes on hunting, fishing, boating, and recreational shooting equipment and provides these federal funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. This funding has increased in recent years, which means more money is available for state fish and wildlife agencies to receive. To receive these funds, the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) must provide a 25% required contribution. We use a portion of our license funds to cover this requirement. Since license fees had not increased since 2006, DFW was in jeopardy of not having enough revenue to match and receive maximum federal funding. Increased license revenue will allow DFW to obtain more money from USFWS and to better protect and conserve Indiana’s natural resources.
What do you do with these funds?
The increase in license fees will help DFW receive more federal funding from USFWS, which will help protect Indiana’s natural resources through habitat development, land acquisition, fish and wildlife research, education, operation of public lands, and public access.