Senior fishing licenses can now be purchased at most DNR property offices, sporting good stores, bait shops or online at

Effective April 1, Indiana residents age 64 and older and born after March 31, 1943, will need either a $3 annual senior fishing license (which is lower than any neighboring state’s fee), or a one-time $17 Fish for Life senior license when fishing Indiana’s public waters. Both licenses include trout/salmon stamp privileges.

Residents born before April 1, 1943, are still exempt from needing a fishing license when fishing Indiana’s public waters.

The $17 Fish for Life senior license was designed so 64-year-old resident anglers graduating into senior licenses would never have to pay more than if they bought a normal $17 annual fishing license. The Fish for Life license will be the last Indiana fishing license a Hoosier angler will ever need to purchase.

Each senior fishing license sold also earns Indiana an additional $7.90 in federal money. This federal money is divided among states based on the number of fishing licenses sold, and Indiana was losing funds to states counting seniors as anglers.

In 10 years, senior licenses should increase Indiana’s cut by an additional $2.3 million in annual federal money for sport fish restoration programs. The funds will also expand and maintain public access to lakes and streams throughout the state.

Find a sport license vendor near you, or purchase a sport license online at:



Are your kids ready for some “wild” fun? Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to come to Salamonie Reservoir for a fun and exciting week, March 31 through April 4. Each day provides a variety of activity sessions during the 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. camp.

Join us for week of experiencing nature and exploring the elements. We focus each day on a theme. Join us as we explore the soil, water, sun and air around us. The week includes crafts, games, hikes, nature studies, movies and snacks.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. The week’s activities are guided by Upper Wabash Interpretive Staff. Children need to bring a sack lunch with drink each day. Extra shoes, hats, and gloves are required.

The camp requires a $40/week participation fee for each child. The property gate is not charging admission at this time. Parents will be asked to fill out health/participation forms before their child enjoys activities on the first day. Call the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 260/468-2127 to register your child for the spring break day camp. Visit our web site at for more information about available programs.

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services is headquartered in the Salamonie Interpretive Center 3691 S New Holland Road, Andrews, IN 46702. The Spring Break Day Camp will be held at this locations.

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