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.
Some of the best fishing in Iowa happens on privately owned ponds. The DNR offers tips and techniques for managing an Iowa pond for sustainable fishing.
Fighting Invasive Species
One of the greatest threats to Iowa fish is invasive aquatic species like zebra mussels and Eurasion watermilfoil. The DNR is aggressively fighting invasive species through management and education.
The backbone of Iowa’s fisheries work is research. From best hatchery practices to species surveys on Iowa’s waterways, research helps determine fishery management practices for decades to come.
Habitat and Lake Projects
Good fishing starts with improving habitat and water quality. Learn about dozens of projects the DNR implements each year on Iowa lakes and rivers.
Lake Restoration Program
Millions of dollars are being invested to improve Iowa’s major lakes through shoreline improvements, dredging, watershed work and much more.
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.