Guide to Magnet Fishing in Indiana: Where to Go and Is it Legal?

Indiana has over 593 square miles of water. It may not be the best state to magnet fish. However, it still has some great waterways to explore. The state has something to offer, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced magnet fisher looking for new challenges.

Is magnet fishing legal in Indiana?

Yes, magnet fishing is legal in Indiana. However, some general laws apply. According to a statement released by Indiana DNR recently, magnet fishing is allowed in public areas on DNR properties as long as the magnet can be carried and retrieved by hand. You will also need to contact the respective property office to get a permit for magnet fishing on a DNR property.

Of course, what is legal isn’t always ethical. It would not be the first time repeated, reckless or inconsiderate behavior resulted in federal regulation. Please have a look at our magnet fishing etiquette!

‍What are the best places to magnet fish in Indiana?

Magnet fishing is a great way to explore Indiana’s historic water bodies and to find hidden treasures that may have been lost for years. Popular magnet fishing spots in this state include rivers, lakes, and streams.

The White River

The White River is a popular magnet fishing spot among beginners. The river has a canal that is easily accessible. You can also go to the river by crossing the bridge in the zoo and following the trail south.

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is another popular magnet fishing destination in Michigan. It has around 1,638 miles of shoreline, of which 45 miles lie in Indiana. You could spend days magnet fishing along this lake with countless islands, beaches, coves, and other scenic spots to explore.

Fort Wayne Riverfront

Fort Wayne offers three rivers to explore in the north of downtown. It is a popular destination for locals to relax, do water-sport activities, and do magnet fishing. So many people have reported finding guns in this river.

Eagle Creek Lake

Eagle Creek Lake provides 1.350acres of recreational waters to swim, fish, sail, boat, and magnet fish. You probably won’t get a big catch in this lake. However, you will find some magnetic objects.

What can you find when magnet fishing in Indiana?

You never know what you might find, but some common items are old tools, cans, coins, and other magnetic objects. If lucky, you may find fishing lures and guns.

This guy found old nails, rare beer bottle caps and an entire car radio in surprisingly good condition! 

Additional resources

Did you stumble upon other useful resources, locations, or maps for magnet fishing in Indiana? Feel free to drop a comment down below!

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