Fishing and Boating in Iowa

Buy a fishing license and take a trip to Big Creek Lake and enjoy a day of fishing for largemouth bass or bluegill. Or, if Iowa river fishing is more your style, find a good spot to catch a channel catfish from either the Mississippi or Missouri River by checking the local fishing reports.


Iowa Fishing

- Go fishing in Iowa and take advantage of the state’s diverse natural habitats. Get all the resources you need here and get started fishing today.

Get an Iowa Fishing License

Buying a fishing license is the first & most important step for any angler. Get more information.

Iowa Boating

Our resources for Iowa boating will make it easier for you to spend quality time on the water with your family and friends.

Register A Boat In Iowa

Registering your boat is easier than you think. Get information about how to register your boat.

Fishing and Boating Events in Iowa


Lee Co. Conservation Fishing Tournament

General Fishing Clinic. Come learn about the following topics: fish identification and fishing regulations.

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Spring Fishing 101

Come learn basic fishing tactics, how to clean and prepare your catch. This event is geared toward 18+, but children are welcome to accompany parent or guardian. Please register (

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Kids Fishing Clinic

Enter Pinicon Ridge Park - pass the wildlife pens and turn left at the office. Follow the road as it winds down into the river valley - when you reach the Canoe Rental Building take a right. General Fishing Clinic. Come lea...

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Sail boat in the ocean

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Mom and son fishing together

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