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2017 Iowa Fishing Regulations
Fishing Licenses and Fees, Seasons and Limits, Threatened and Endangered Species, Aquatic Invasive Species, Fisheries Offices Contact Information, Fishing Consumption and Advisories, Fishing Ethics, etc...

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Fishing and Hunting License Vendors
Alphabetical listing by county (and state) of the over 900 hunting and fishing license sales agents for the State of Iowa.

Fishing Tournaments
Authorization by the Department of Natural Resources is required to conduct a fishing tournament on public waters under the jurisdiction of the state.

Aquatic Invasive Species Law (updated 7/1/2013):
  • It is illegal to possess, introduce, purchase, sell, or transport aquatic invasive species in Iowa.
  • It is illegal to transport aquatic plants attached to or within water-related equipment, including boats, trailers, bait containers, live wells, ballast tanks, and bilge areas.
  • All water must be drained from water-related equipment when leaving a water access. Drain plugs, bailers and valves must remain removed or open during transport.
  • It is illegal to introduce any live fish, except for hooked bait, into public waters.
  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Aquatic Invasive Species Law
Note: The law, as stated above, means that all livewells and bait buckets must be drained of water when leaving the water access. If you wish to transport unused bait home, you must bring fresh water with you to transport the bait in when leaving the water access.

Selling Game:
Except as otherwise permitted, you cannot buy or sell, dead or alive, a bird, fish, or animal, or any part of which is protected.

Littering Public Waters:
You cannot throw or deposit cans, bottles, garbage, rubbish, or other debris onto or in any of the waters, ice, or land of the state.

Site Specific and Species Specific Regulations:
Information on specific water body and species regulations are found on the individual web pages of water bodies and fish species on this site.

List of Recreational Licenses and Fees
Hunting and Trapping, Resident Deer Hunting, Nonresident Deer Hunting, Turkey Hunting, Fishing Licenses, Recreational Vehicle Registrations and Other Licenses and Products


Any resident or nonresident born after January 1, 1972, must have completed an approved hunter education program in Iowa or another state to buy a hunting license. If your hunter education certification is not on your customer record, you will have to either show proof of hunter education when purchasing your license at a local vendor or call 1-800-367-1188 to complete the order.


Requires prior filing of necessary forms or an affidavit with the Des Moines Central Office.
Call 515-725-8200 for assistance obtaining these forms.


Sold at most county recorders' offices or the DNR office.