Today is 'Free Fishing Day'

By Kevin Kitt

Today is 'Free Fishing Day'

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 8:56 AM EDT

INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) - Hoosiers looking to cast in their fishing line for the first time this year should do so Saturday for Free Fishing Day.

On May 18, Indiana's adult residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana public waters during Free Fishing Days. This is the second of four Free Fishing Days so far in 2013.

That's because Indiana's adult residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana public waters during Free Fishing Days. May 18 is the second of four Free Fishing Days in 2013.

As part of a new urban fishing program, DNR will be stocking catchable-size channel catfish in many city park ponds across the state for Free Fishing Day. The program is called Go FishIN in the City, and its mission is to expand fishing opportunities for people who live in Indiana's urban areas.

"Go alone to a quiet, secret spot," said Clint Kowalik, DNR Go FishIN coordinator. "Explore new waters with a friend, or take your family to a local city park pond." Kowalik also said he expected better weather and better fishing than on the state's first Free Fishing Day on April 20.

Properties hosting family-friendly fishing events for the May 18 Free Fishing Day and phone numbers for organizers are:

- Munger Park, Lafayette, (574) 896-3673.

- Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area, North Vernon, (812) 346-5596.

- Lakeside Park, Fort Wayne, (260) 244-6805.

- Riverside Park, Indianapolis, (317) 234-8440.

- Lake Waveland Park, Waveland, (765) 435-2073.

All five events are focused on teaching kids and their families hands-on angling skills, and getting families to go fishing together.




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