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Catch a memory when your favorite young angler hooks their first fish!
It’s easy and free to participate – submit your entry online. You can also download the First Fish Entry Form with details on how to enter.
Your child will receive a frameable certificate to commemorate this special event.
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A child’s first fishing trip is exciting for both parent and child. A fun experience can lead to future years of fishing enjoyment. Here are some simple tips for taking kids fishing.
Fishing Trip Checklist:
Who Needs a Fishing License?
All anglers 16 years and older must have a fishing license to fish Iowa waters. Yearly, seven-day, or 24-hour licenses are available. Licenses are sold at several locations or online. Call 1-800-367-1188 to purchase a license 24 hours a day.
License fees and an excise on fishing equipment fund stocking, shoreline and fish habitat improvement, construction and repair of fish jetties, fish surveys, and angler education programs.
There are limits on the size and/or number of fish you can catch at one time for some species. A more complete description of laws is in the Iowa Fishing Regulations, available where you buy a license and Department of Natural Resources offices.
Fishing Hot Spots
Looking for a great place to take your family fishing? Escape to one of Iowa's many great fishing destinations. Check out our "Where to Fish" section!
Gear Up for Fishing
Start your family fishing trip in the right direction by picking proper equipment and bait, and getting your hook ready. Check out our "From Hookin' to Cookin'" section!