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It’s the Fish Bowl!

Join the DNR on Facebook this May and June to vote for your favorite Iowa fish as they move through the Fish Bowl playoffs. And when the Fish Bowl champion is crowned, Iowa anglers will get a chance to win a prize package of fishing lures valued at $100. 

Beginning May 21, two fish representing each region of the state will face off to determine which fish will be Fish Bowl Champion. To vote for a fish, go to the DNR’s Facebook page at and comment on the Fish Bowl posts with your fish of choice. Be sure to “like” the DNR’s page while you’re there to see future Fish Bowl posts.

The playoff schedule is as follows:

May 21: southwest regional, bluegill vs. crappie- WINNER: CRAPPIE
May 23: northeast regional, trout vs. pike- WINNER: TROUT
May 27: southeast regional, flathead catfish vs. largemouth bass - WINNER: CATFISH
May 29: northwest regional, walleye vs. smallmouth bass - WINNER: WALLEYE
June 2: western semifinal - walleye vs. crappie - WINNER: WALLEYE
June 5: eastern semifinal - trout vs. catfish - WINNER: CATFISH
June 9: Fish Bowl Final - Walleye vs. catfish
June 10: Fish Bowl champion announced- WINNER: WALLEYE

When the Fish Bowl champion is announced June 10 on Facebook, the post will also include a link to the DNR’s website, where fans can register to win a prize package of fishing lures valued at $100.

For more pictures of fish in the running, visit the DNR on Pinterest at and check the “Iowa Fishing” board. Updates will also be posted on Twitter at

Fish Bowl Bracket Walleye Winner

Enter your name, email address and phone number below to be eligible to win a prize package of fishing lures worth $100!

All entries must be submitted by 8 a.m. central time on June 17. The winner will be notified June 18 by email or phone. Full contest rules are below.

Enter to Win!

Contest rules:
No purchase is necessary to enter or win, and this drawing is void where prohibited. To be eligible to participate in the drawing, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. legal resident, and must be at least 18 years old on the date of the drawing. Employees of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and their immediate family members (defined as spouse and minor children) are not eligible for any prizes that may be given away as part of the drawing. Only one prize – a fishing lure package valued at about $100 – will be available for the drawing.  All information provided by participants shall constitute a public record and shall be treated accordingly pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 22. You are hereby notified that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is immune from liability and suit for your participation in this drawing, including your participation to the extent it effects third parties thereby.