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.

Contact Us (move to right-hand column)
Barb Gigar
Western Iowa Training Specialist
barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov
515-494-3891

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

View the map to locate which training specialist is available in your area.

Fish Iowa! Resources (move to right-hand column)

Upcoming Workshops
Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!
This two-day workshop will acquaint participants with the Fish Iowa! fishing education modules and a variety of other resources to teach fishing in a variety of settings. Learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Experience pond (bank) fishing, lake/pond fishing (including kayak fishing) and fly-fishing.

Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches. Activities will also include peer teaching and small group work to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations.

The registration fee includes lunch, teaching modules, and an instructor kit. The materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port.

Date: July 18-19, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Springbrook State Park & Guthrie County Extension, Guthrie Center
Credit: 1 re-certification or graduate credit
Cost: No credit: $75; Re-certification: $110; Graduate: $185
Contact: Barb Gigar – Barb.Ggigar@dnr.iowa.gov; 515-494-3891
To Register: Heartland AEA website - Click on the "Professional Development" tab at the top of the page. Select “Heartland AEA PD Catalog” and search for Activity # HL005999991801
Registration Deadline: 7/10/17

Free Loan Rod and Reels (right-hand column)
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

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.

Sample Fish Iowa! Lesson Plans

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.

Elementary   Middle School   High School  
  PE   Art   Agriculture Education
  K thru 2nd PE General   Agriculture Education
  4th grade PE   PE   Environmental Science
  4th-5th grade Science   PE   IA Fishing Regulations HS
  3rd thru 5th PE   6th PE   Individual Sports PE Class
  5th Grade General   7th & 8th PE   Industrial Technology
    7th & 8th PE   Social Studies HS
    8th & 9th PE   PE
      PE