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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to creating excellent fishing opportunities and a healthy aquatic environment through research, habitat improvements, and prevention of exotic species in Iowa’s waters.
Eating Iowa-caught fish is SAFE!
The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. In fact, over 4.5 million meals of Iowa fish were consumed in 2007. Some limitations regarding fish consumption may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.