Fishing in Iowa

Iowa is abundant in natural lakes, large boarder rivers and reservoirs. Purchase your fishing license today, and plan your next fishing trip with your friends.

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Top Fishing Spots in Iowa

Lake Macbride State Park
This State Park is a hot spot for families who enjoy fishing. Good catches of walleye, channel catfish, and muskie.
Little River Recreation Area
This recreation area provides excellent fishing, waterfowl hunting and pleasure boating for families.
Lake Pahoja
Renovated in 2012, the 70 acre Lake Pahoja near Bondurant is one of Iowa's premiere fisheries for largemouth bass and bluegill.
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Common Catches in Iowa

Black Crappie
Black Crappie
Crappies are members of the sunfish and the black bass family.
Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.
Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish
The channel catfish is very highly regarded for its food and sports value.
Bluegill
Bluegill
Today the bluegill is one of the most popular panfish species in North America.
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
There is no doubt that the smallmouth bass rivals the largemouth in popularity.
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
The largemouth bass is the most popular freshwater game fish.

Types of Fishing in Iowa

Streams & Rivers

Streams & Rivers

River & stream fishing means knowing where the water is moving, and how fish behave in it.

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Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is fun, relaxing and easy to learn. Learn how to start fly fishing today.

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Reservoirs & Flowages

Reservoirs & Flowages

Get helpful reservoir fishing tips, types of fishing techniques, best times to go and more

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