Sports and Outdoors

Monday, May 4, 2009

Take Mom on a family fishing trip

Indiana DNR Release:

Fishing for a perfect Mother’s Day gift? Sure, literally. Flowers and candy are played. Try something different—take Mom fishing.

Mother’s Day is about bonding with family and celebrating appreciation for all Mom does. Sure, Mom would probably be happy enough receiving another basket of lotion, but what gift could be better than bonding with those she loves while spending a spring day soaking up the soothing effects of nature?

Fishing is a great way to combine many elements of the outdoors. Time spent fishing can also provide opportunity to observe birds, wildlife, wildflowers, and many more of Indiana’s natural gifts. Spring is a special time outdoors.

Pack a lunch. Bring out the lawn chairs. Plan everything. Make sure all Mom has to do is show up and have fun. Remember, fishing isn’t just about catching fish. It's fun even if no one catches any. Talking, laughing, and just spending quality time make the day.

To stack your odds in favor of catching fish, visit Explore the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s “Where to Fish Finder.” This online tool provides information on fishing spots across the state.

While online, buy a fishing license for anyone who needs one. Indiana resident annual licenses are $17. A one-day license is $9. A license is required to fish in Indiana for anyone older than 16. Licenses also may be bought at most places fishing equipment is sold. The 2009 Indiana Fishing Guide also lists places to fish. The free guides are available at license vendors, DNR properties and online at

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