Indiana Fishing

& DNR Fishing License Guide

Indiana Fish GuideIndiana fishing is an experience that most Hoosiers have come to love and enjoy! Whether you live in Indiana or just visiting, grab a pole and experience the joy of fishing.

Indiana Fishing Guide was created to help you enjoy your fishing experience in Indiana. We hope you will find this guide for Indiana fishing useful.

We have packed this site full of information on where to fish, how to fish,  and identification of what type of fish you can catch in Indiana.

At Indiana Fishing Guide we have also included the best fishing techniques, best type of lures to use, fishing rods, maps and locations. Everything you will need for your Indiana fishing enjoyment.

The state of Indiana offers a variety of Indiana fishing locations that includes rivers, ponds, lakes and streams. In Indiana you can fish for large and small mouth bass, spotted bass, channel, flathead, blue, & white catfish, black or white crappie, walleye, steelhead, rainbow, brook, brown, & lake trout.

There is an abundance of Bluegill, Sunfish, Perch, Salmon, Gar and much, much more that can be found in Indiana lakes and streams.

Autumn is the best time to fish in Indiana because fish will start to look for food Indiana Fishing Guideheavily at this time to get ready for winter. Fish literally slow down almost to the point of hibernation in the winter months.This is an excellent time for fishermen to easily catch fish.

The Indiana Game & Fish magazine has identified six outstanding places in Indiana where fishing is the best. They include:

Patoka Lake for channel catfish, Monroe Reservoir for largemouth bass, Glenn Flint Lake for panfish, Kokomo Reservoir for walleyes, Tippecanoe Lake for monster-sized muskies and Lake Michigan for smallmouth bass.

Fishing License

The first thing you will need to do is get an Indiana fishing license from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. There are different prices for Residents of Indiana and Non Residents.

 Buy your fishing license online HERE. It’s Fast & Easy!


Here are the residency rules from the DNR 

“A resident is an individual that has 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 hunting, trapping or fishing in another state or country. All others are nonresidents.”

DNR Resident License Fees


Fishing Annual Fishing $17
One-day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon) $9
Annual Senior Fishing2 $3
Senior Fish-for-Life2 $17
Voluntary Senior Annual Fishing3 $3
Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege $11

DNR Non-Resident License Fees

Fishing Annual Fishing $35
One-day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon) $9
Seven-day Fishing $20
Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege $11

2 Indiana residents who are at least 64 years old AND were born after March 31, 1943 need to purchase a senior fishing license to fish in Indiana.  Both the Annual Senior Fishing and the Senior Fish-for-Life include the trout/salmon stamp.

3 Indiana residents who were born before April 1, 1943 are exempt from needing a fishing license when fishing in Indiana waters, but are able to purchase a Voluntary Senior Fishing License, which supports fisheries conservation and public access in Indiana.

Indiana-Michigan Border Lakes

Residents of the state of Indiana or Michigan fishing in any of the waters listed below and who possess a valid fishing license for either state, are permitted to fish in these lakes while following the laws and regulations of the state having jurisdiction over that portion of the lake.

  • Clear Lake – Indiana, St. Joseph Co./South Clear Lake – Michigan, Berrien Co.
  • Indiana Lake – Indiana, Elkhart Co./Michigan, Cass Co.
  • Fish Lake – Indiana, La Grange Co./Michigan, St. Joseph Co. Lake
  • Lake George – Indiana, Steuben Co./Michigan, Branch Co.
  • Long Lake -Indiana, Steuben Co./Michigan, Hillsdale Co.