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

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.

Find Places To Fish Near You

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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.

Find Places To Boat Near You

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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

Jan.
27

Community Ice Fishing Event - Winterset

Join us for a fun-filled morning of ice fishing for all ages and skill levels. Staff from the Conservation Board will be on hand to provide basic instructions to newcomers. There will be a limited supply of fishing rods and ba...

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Jan.
27

Urban Winter Trout Stocking and Family Fishing Event - Bondurant

Watch the fish being stocked and try to catch your first trout. The urban lakes trout program offers a “close to home” option for anglers across the state to experience trout fishing. These cool weather stockings provide easy-...

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Jan.
27

Urban Winter Trout Stocking - Sioux City

Watch the fish being stocked and try to catch your first trout. The urban lakes trout program offers a “close to home” option for anglers across the state to experience trout fishing. These cool weather stockings provide easy-...

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