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.

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

May.
26

Youth Fishing Clinic

Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish and water safety. Find more tips for fishing on the DNR webpage - http://www.iowadnr.gov...

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Jun.
1

Family Fishing Friday

Bring the whole family out for fun night of fishing. We will have everything you need to fish, including poles and bait. Learn about basic spin casting instruction, fish identification and fishing regulations. Campfire lunch w...

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Jun.
1

Seth Thompson Memorial Kids Fishing Day

Come learn about the following topics: fish identification and fishing regulations. Find more tips for fishing on the DNR webpage - http://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Fishing-Tips-How-Tos

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