Iowa Fishing and Boating

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


Blue Pit Community Trout Stocking, Mason City

Watch DNR fisheries staff stock the fish and try to catch your own trout. The community lakes trout program offers a “close to home” option for anglers across the state to experience trout fishing. These cool weather stockings...

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Ice Fishing Clinic – Webster City

All ages welcomed. For more information, contact Hamilton County Naturalist, John Laird, at 515-832-9570 or Don't wait, get your license online: Fi...

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Harpers Ferry Kids Ice Fishing Clinic

Learn the basics of ice fishing - ice fishing poles, tackle and equipment will be available for anyone who does not have their own. Many ice holes will be predrilled for participants to use. The Harpers Ferry Booster Club wi...

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