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Share the joy of fishing with youth and adults in your community. Check out these resources to get you started.
Fish Iowa! Fish
combines physical education, health, biology, geography,
and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed
for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it
easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc.
Fish Iowa! works with students with all
levels of abilities.
Materials are available to Iowa educators and youth leaders through training sessions (one-on one) and workshops. Contact Barb Gigar, western Iowa training specialist at 515-494-3891 or Holly Schulte, eastern Iowa training specialist at 563-927-3276 to schedule a training session. View the map to locate which training specialist is available in your area.
Upcoming Workshops Check back soon for upcoming trainings.
Free Loan Rod and Reels Over 3,400 free-loan rods
and reels are available at over 100 locations around Iowa to use for a fishing
field trip or to teach casting.
list of rod and reel distribution centers list of fly-fishing loaner sites
Pond and Stream Mats Two four-color drawings show
areas of a pond and stream. Each measure approximately 3 x 6 feet so they are
large enough for several students to gather round. Each set includes several
plastic fish that can be placed in different areas to show where they can be
found. You can also project the
pond and/or stream image on a whiteboard or smart board. Check with your local county conservation board to see if they have the pond and stream mats to borrow.
Take It Outside: Fish Iowa! Blog Learn fun ways to incorporate Fish Iowa! into your classroom or youth group. Get kids fishing tips, Iowa fishing tips & facts, beginner angler help and more.
Taking Kids Fishing Simple tips to help kids have fun in Iowa’s great outdoors, and
most importantly, want to go fishing again.
Explore the basics of fishing and learn more about Iowa's 148 fish species. Visit the Iowa DNR Special Events Calendar for a list of hands-on fishing clinics for all ages and fun family friendly events.
From Hookin’ to Cookin’
Step-by-step tips to help you gear up and then clean and cook the fish once you have caught them.
How to Fish For…Try these easy tricks on how to fish for the most popular species in Iowa.
Iowa Fish Species
Fact sheets featuring Iowa fish species.
Quick Fishing Facts
A two-page summary of the Iowa Fishing Regulations.
There are a lot of fun ways to teach beginners how to fish. Try these great ideas shared by participants of our
Fish Iowa! trainings.