Fishing & Boating Events in Iowa

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Apr
20

Community Spring Trout Stocking & Family Fishing Event – Cedar Rapids

Prairie Park (Cedar Bend)
2125 Otis Road SE
Cedar Rapids
Iowa

10:00 AM

Watch the fish being stocked and try to catch your first trout. The Community Fishing Trout Program offers a “close to home” option for anglers across the state to experience trout fishing. These cool weather stockings provide easy-access trout fishing opportunities in areas that cannot support trout during the summer months. They are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. For more information, call the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation at 319-286-5566. Anglers need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. Don't wait, get your license online: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Buy-Your-License. Have fun and "fish local" today!
Apr
20

Community Spring Trout Stocking & Family Fishing Event - Marshalltown

Sand Lake
NE edge of Marshalltown
Marshalltown
Iowa

12:00 PM

Watch the fish being stocked and try to catch your first trout. The Community Fishing Trout Program offers a “close to home” option for anglers across the state to experience trout fishing. These cool weather stockings provide easy-access trout fishing opportunities in areas that cannot support trout during the summer months. They are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. Anglers need a valid fishing license (age 16 and older) and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. For more information, call the Marshall County Conservation Board at 641-752-5490. Don't wait, get your license online: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Buy-Your-License. Have fun and "fish local" today!
May
18

Lake Iowa Fishing Clinic & Tournament

Lake Iowa boat ramp
2550 G Ave
Ladora
Iowa

06:00 AM

Come learn about the basics of fishing, fish habitat and fish management.
Jun
01

Kids Fishing Derby- Plainfield Lake

Plainfield Lake
1370 Badger Ave
Plainfield
Iowa

09:00 AM

Come learn about fish identification and have fun fishing.
Jun
01

Lake Anita Kids Fishing Day

Lake Anita State Park
55111 750th St
Anita
Iowa

10:00 AM

Fishing event for kids (0-15 years old). Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the old boathouse site between the south boat ramp and the beach. Learn about the different fish in the lake and go fishing. The Friends of Lake Anita will provide a free will donation hot dog lunch. Don't wait, get your license online: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Buy-Your-License. Find more tips for fishing on the DNR webpage - http://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Fishing-Tips-How-Tos
Jun
01

Scranton’s Kids Fishing Day

Hwy. 25 south of Scranton
go over the overpass and turn left
Scranton
Iowa

11:00 AM

Come learn the basics of fishing. Registration is May 16 at the Scranton Public Library.
Jun
07

Fishing Clinic - Ida Grove

Moorehead Park
202 Jasper Ave
Ida Grove
Iowa

10:00 AM

Learn the basics of fishing including casting, knot tying, baiting a hook, fish ID and more. Please pre-register for this FREE event by calling the Ida County Conservation Center at 712-364-3300 or by e-mailing palesch@idacountyia.us.
Jun
07

Family Fishing Night

Gray's Lake Park
2101 Fleur Dr
Des Moines
Iowa

05:00 PM

A free event for family and beginners. Limited equipment will be available to borrow. Bait provided along with fun learning stations (casting, cleaning and cooking, fishing identification, fishing regulations, water safety, and more).
Jun
08

Cops & Bobbers Fishing Derby - Webster City

Briggs Woods Park Beach Shelter
2490 Briggs Woods Rd
Webster City
Iowa

08:30 AM

Kids ages 3-14 can spend the morning fishing with Hamilton County Law Enforcement Officers and refine their fishing skills. Find more information at www.mycountyparks.com - click on the Hamilton County Page.
Jun
08

Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Derby

West Des Moines City Hall Pond
4200 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines
Iowa

09:00 AM

The Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Derby is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. This free, family event provides a great opportunity to learn about fishing. Iowa Conservation Officers and members of Scheels will be on hand to help young anglers improve their fishing technique. West Des Moines Police Officers will be available to measure fish and to interact with members of the community in a family friendly atmosphere. Pre-registration (www.wdm.iowa.gov/government/police starts April 1 is encouraged. The first 150 youth participants will receive a free, event t-shirt.
Jun
08

Cops & Bobbers Fishing Derby – Webster City

Beach Picnic Shelter at Briggs Woods Park
2490 Briggs Woods Trail
Webster City
Iowa

09:00 AM

Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations, cleaning/cooking fish and water safety. For more information, contact Hamilton County Naturalist, John Laird at 515-832-9570 or hccblaird@wmtel.net. Don't wait, get your license online: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Buy-Your-License. Find more tips for fishing on the DNR webpage - http://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Fishing-Tips-How-Tos
Jun
08

Black Hawk Lake Kids Fishing Clinic

Black Hawk Lake
S State Rd
Lake View
Iowa

09:00 AM

Meet at the open shelter house in Ice House Point Park. Come learn about the following topics: basic spin casting instruction, equipment care/maintenance, fish identification, fishing regulations and water safety. Sponsored by the Sac County Conservation Board, Iowa State University Sac County Extension and Iowa DNR. Contact the Sac County Conservation Board office at 712-662-4530 for more information. Don't wait, get your license online: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/Buy-Your-License. Find more tips for fishing on the DNR webpage - http://www.iowadnr.gov/idnr/Fishing/Fishing-Tips-How-Tos
Jun
08

Family Fishing Day - Riceville

Lake Hendricks Park
9850 Addison Ave
Riceville
Iowa

09:00 AM

Bring the whole family for a kids fishing contest, live fish demonstration, and many other "fishy" activities. Prizes will be awarded to three top-fishers; each child will go home with a gift bag to start their fishing adventures. Contact Mitchell County Conservation Board Naturalist, Chelsea Rowcliffe at 641-330-0765 with any questions or weather updates.
Jun
08

Kids Fishing Clinic - Pinicon Ridge County Park

Pinicon Ridge County Park
Horseshoe Falls Rd
Central City
Iowa

09:00 AM

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. Bring the kids to the backwater area of Pinicon Ridge Park to learn the fine points of fishing. All participants will receive prizes from the North Linn Fish and Game Club and a hot dog and a soda.
Jun
08

Family Fishing Afternoon - Battle Creek

Crawford Creek Recreation Area
297 Dodge Ave
Battle Creek
Iowa

12:00 PM

Enjoy open fishing and canoeing with us. We’ll provide the bait and poles and a free-will lunch. For more information, contact us by phone at 712-364-3300 or by e-mail palesch@idacountyia.us.
Jun
08

Family Fishing Day - New Sharon

Russell Wildlife Area
2254 200th St
New Sharon
Iowa

12:00 PM

FREE FUN for the whole family! The event will kick off with a picnic lunch. We will cook hotdogs over a campfire (while supplies last). Please bring your own drink and a side dish to share. The Mahaska County Conservation Board (MCCB) will provide the table service and hot dogs. At 1:00 we will hike to a pond and go fishing. For kids ages 18 and younger, door prizes will be given to all kids. Trophies will be given to the kids that catch the largest and smallest length of fish during this event. Bring your own pole or borrow one from MCCB. Bait (nightcrawlers) will be provided. Please register at the conservation center when you arrive.
Jun
08

Kids Fishing Fun Day – Forest City

Pilot Knob Lake warming house
2148 340th Street
Forest City
Iowa

02:00 PM

Come learn about the basics of fishing, fish identification and fishing regulations.
Jun
15

Pheasant's Forever Kids Fishing Derby - Correctionville

Little Sioux Park
1746 O'Brien Ave
Correctionville
Iowa

09:00 AM

Come learn about the basics of fishing. Kids up to age 18 are invited; kids under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult with a valid fishing license. Youth 16 and up must have a valid fishing license. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the shelter by the beach. For more information and to pre-register, contact 712-277-2263.