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Post Posted: 05:54pm - Mar 26,17 
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If I launch in Indiana and fish in Illinois, then return to leave in Indiana, do I need to have an Indiana fishing license? Or is it best to get both licenses just in case?

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Post Posted: 07:57am - Mar 27,17 
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The scenario you want to try and avoid would be when the Indiana DNR asks you for your licenses back at the launch. There you are with a boat full of gear, cooler full of fish, at a dock in Indiana, and you only have an Illinois fishing license? Why would the DNR have any reason to believe you?

Same situation if the DNR stops you while traveling. Best to have both if you're going to be even close to the line. If you're crossing the line, then you should definitely have both in my opinion.

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Post Posted: 10:28am - Mar 28,17 
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Thanks...you confirmed what I was thinking...better to be safe then sorry.

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Post Posted: 11:12am - Mar 28,17 
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If you are fishing Calumet Harbor you would be in Indiana waters the whole time. No need for an Illinois license.

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Post Posted: 11:50am - Mar 28,17 
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Inside Calumet Harbor is the safe reciprocal zone where either IN or IL license is legal.

However, once you venture out of the break walls, that is IN and an IN license is required.

Been there and did that $148 ticket.

Now I buy IL, IN, WI every year on 3-31 so I don't have to worry about Calumet Harbor or North Point state lines.

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Post Posted: 10:07pm - Mar 28,17 
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Just FYI, Wisconsin REQUIRES a paper license on Lake Michigan and Amy other boundary waters.

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Post Posted: 06:33pm - Jul 31,17 
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Yes, get both... I have got a ticket for this when we drifted across the line that runs through the lake.... apparently the DNR can see it, somehow

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Post Posted: 07:21pm - Jul 31,17 
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If you fish in Illinois with Illinois license and take your boat out at an Indiana launch no big deal. They need to physically catch you fishing in Indiana without a Indiana license.

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Post Posted: 06:50am - Aug 1,17 
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If in a boat I would definitely have both. Things can get tricky out there. And it will only be a matter of time before you want to venture into the other states waters. They are out there looking and they are strict. Always better to be safe. Having both licenses would gurantee that.

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