Teaching people of all ages about fishing.
Fishing Education

Share the joy of fishing with youth and adults in your community. Check out these resources to get you started.

Fish Iowa!
Fish Iowa! 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.


Upcoming Workshops: Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!

Check back for information about next summer's workshop. 

Contact Information


Western Iowa Training Specialist
Barb Gigar
barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov
515-494-3891

Eastern Iowa Training Specialist 
Holly Schulte
holly.schulte@dnr.iowa.gov
563-927-3276


Aquatic Education Map
View the map to find which training specialist is available in your area.


Free Loan Rods & 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.

Rod and reel distribution centers
Fly-fishing loaner sites

Learn about Iowa Fish and Fishing

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. 

Taking Kids Fishing
Simple tips to help kids have fun in Iowa’s great outdoors, and most importantly, want to go fishing again.