Bass
Currently, 148 different fish species live in Iowa's waters.

Iowa is a diverse region, offering unique angling opportunities across the state. Anglers can enjoy a variety of fishing experiences from the border rivers of the Mississippi to the Missouri, through farm ponds, natural and man-made lakes, and interior rivers and streams.


+ Catfish and Bullheads
+ Sunfish - Bass and Panfish
+ Perch
+ Trout
+ Pike
+ Temperate Bass
+ Suckers
+ Minnows
+ Primitive Fish
+ Miscellaneous Fish


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Iowa Fish Species
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Name Scientific Family State Record
Lake Sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens Acipenseridae Not allowed for threatened or endangered species.
Pallid sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus Acipenseridae 68 pounds
Shovelnose sturgeon Scaphirhynchus platorynchus Acipenseridae 12 pounds - Des Moines River, Van Buren County, April 1974 - Randy Hemm, Douds, Iowa
Bowfin Amia calva Amiidae 11 lbs 9 oz; 31.5 in.- Pool 10, Mississippi River, Clayton County, May 1994 - Bill Greten, Blue Grass, Iowa
American Eel Anguilla rostrata Anguillidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Pirate Perch Aphredoderus sayanus Aphredoderidae State Records are not documented for non-game species
Brook Silverside Labidesthes sicculus Atherinopsidae State Records are not documented for non-species game.
Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus Catostomidae 64 lbs 6 oz.; 41.5 in. - Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie County, April 2007 - Ronald Anderson, Omaha, NE
Black Buffalo Ictiobus niger Catostomidae 63 lbs 6 oz., 48.9 in. - Mississippi River Pool 9, Allamakee County, 8/14/1999 - Jim Winters, Jesup, IA
Black Redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei Catostomidae Not allowed for threatened or endangered species
Blue Sucker Cycleptus elongatus Catostomidae 15 lbs. 6 oz.; 33.25 in. - Iowa River, Johnson County, 4/11/2011 - Steven Jones, Iowa City
Golden Redhorse Moxostoma erythrurum Catostomidae Currently open
Greater Redhorse Moxostoma valenciennesi Catostomidae 5.98 pounds, 23 inches – Cedar River, Floyd County, August 2017 – Dereck Jacobsen, Fremont, NE
Highfin carpsucker Carpiodes velifer Catostomidae
Lake chubsucker Erimyzon sucetta Catostomidae  
Northern hog sucker Hypentelium nigricans Catostomidae  
Quillback Carpiodes cyprinus Catostomidae  
River carpsucker Carpiodes carpio Catostomidae  
River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum Catostomidae
Shorthead redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum Catostomidae 2 lbs 6 oz; 18 in. - Des Moines River, Webster County, Oct. 2016 - Brandon Stewart-Mitchell, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Silver Redhorse Moxostoma anisurum Catostomidae 5 lbs 1 oz; 23 in. - Des Moines River, Webster County, Oct. 2016 - Brandon Stewart-Mitchell, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Smallmouth Buffalo Ictiobus bubalus Catostomidae 8 pounds, 3 ounces - Mississippi River Pool 11, Dubuque County, August 2015 - Miranda Eipperle, Peosta, Iowa
Spotted sucker Minytrema melanops Catostomidae  
Sucker Cycleptus elongatus Catostomidae 15 pounds 1 ounce - Missouri River, Monona County, Sept. 1983 - Glen E. Dittman, Onawa, Iowa
White Sucker Catostomus commersonii Catostomidae 5.06 pounds, 21.3 in – Otter Creek, Osceola County, March 2016 – Austin Steffen, Sibley, IA
Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus Centrarchidae 3 lbs, 14 oz, 18 in. - Three Mile Lake, Union County, 6/5/2013 - Dale Klein, Omaha, Nebraska.
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus Centrarchidae 3 lbs 2 oz; 12.88 in. - Farm Pond, Madison County, July 1986 - Phil Algreen, Earlham, Iowa
Crappie Pomoxis spp. Centrarchidae  
Green Sunfish Lepomis cyanellus Centrarchidae 2 pound 1 ounce, farm pond, July 2000, Ralph Mayer, Knoxville, Iowa
Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides Centrarchidae 10 pounds, 12 ounces - Lake Fisher, Davis County, May 1984 - Patricia Zaerr, Davenport, Iowa
Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalotis Centrarchidae  
Northern Sunfish Lepomis peltastes Centrarchidae
Orangespotted sunfish Lepomis humilis Centrarchidae none
Pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus Centrarchidae 0.90 lbs; 10 in. - Farm Pond, Pottawattamie County, July 2016 - John Perkins, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Redear Sunfish Lepomis microlophus Centrarchidae 2.13 pounds, 12.4 in - Williamson Pond, Lucas County, Aug. 2017 - Susan Pyner, Corydon, Iowa
Rock Bass Ambloplites rupestris Centrarchidae 1 pounds, 8 ounces - Mississippi River, Dubuque County, June 1973 - Jim Driscoll, Dubuque, Iowa
Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieu Centrarchidae 7 pounds, 12 ounces - West Okoboji Lake, Dickinson County, September 1990 - Rick Gray, Dickinson, Iowa
Spotted bass Micropterus punctulatus Centrarchidae 2 pounds - Coralville Reservoir, Johnson County, May 2013 - James Steffen, Solon, Iowa
Warmouth Lepomis gulosus Centrarchidae .74 pounds, 9 in. - farm pond, Adair County, July 2016 - Travis Cavin, Bedford, Iowa
White Crappie Pomoxis annularis Centrarchidae record 4 pounds, 9 ounces - Green Castle Lake, Marshall County, May 1981 - Ted Trowbridge, Marshalltown, Iowa
Alabama Shad Alosa alabamae Clupeidae N/A - species likely extirpated from Iowa
Gizzard Shad Dorosoma cepedianum Clupeidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Skipjack Herring Alosa chrysochloris Clupeidae  
Threadfin Shad Dorosoma petenense Clupeidae
Mottled sculpin Cottus bairdii Cottidae
Slimy Sculpin Cottus cognatus Cottidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Bigeye Shiner Notropis boops Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Bighead Carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis Cyprinidae 93 lbs 8 oz.; 56 in. - Rathbun Reservoir, Appanoose County, June 2012 - Larry Sparks, Mystic, IA
Bigmouth Shiner Notropis dorsalis Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Blackchin Shiner Notropis heterodon Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys atratulus Cyprinidae Grows up to 4 inches. State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Blacknose Shiner Notropis heterolepis Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Bluntnose Minnow Pimephales notatus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Brassy Minnow Hybognathus hankinsoni Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Bullhead Minnow Pimephales vigilax Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Carmine Shiner Notropis percobromus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Central Stoneroller Campostoma anomalum Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Channel Shiner Notropis wickliffi Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Common Carp Cyprinus carpio Cyprinidae 50 pounds - Glenwood Lake, Mills County, May 1969 - Fred Hougland, Glenwood, Iowa
Common Shiner Luxilus cornutus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Creek Chub Semotilus atromaculatus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Emerald shiner Notropis atherinoides Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Fathead Minnow Pimephales promelas Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Flathead Chub Platygobio gracilis Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Ghost shiner Notropis buchanani Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Golden Shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Goldfish Carassius auratus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Grass Carp Ctenopharyngodon idella Cyprinidae 85 pounds 8 ounces, 48 inches long- caught in May 2007 by Jesse Lane Greenfield, IA
Gravel Chub Erimystax x-punctatus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Hornyhead chub Nocomis biguttatus Cyprinidae 10 inches
Ironcolor shiner Notropis chalybaeus Cyprinidae  
Lake chub Couesius plumbeus Cyprinidae  
Largescale stoneroller Campostoma oligolepis Cyprinidae
Longnose dace Rhinichthys cataractae Cyprinidae 4 - 5 inches
Mimic Shiner Notropis volucellus Cyprinidae State Records are not documented for non-game species.
Mississippi Silvery Minnow Hybognathus nuchalis Cyprinidae
Ozark minnow Notropis nubilus Cyprinidae 3 inches
Pallid Shiner Hybopsis amnis Cyprinidae  
Pearl Dace Margariscus margarita Cyprinidae 4 inches
Plains Minnow Hybognathus placitus Cyprinidae
Pugnose Minnow Opsopoeodus emiliae Cyprinidae
Pugnose Shiner Notropis anogenus Cyprinidae
Red shiner Cyprinella lutrensis Cyprinidae not recorded
Redfin shiner Lythrurus umbratilus Cyprinidae 3 inches
Redside Dace Clinostomus elongatus Cyprinidae
River Shiner Notropis blennius Cyprinidae
Rosyface Shiner Notropis rubellus Cyprinidae
Sand Shiner Notropis stramineus Cyprinidae
Shoal Chub Macrhybopsis hyostoma Cyprinidae
Sicklefin Chub Macrhybopsis meeki Cyprinidae
Silver Carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix Cyprinidae  40 pounds, 42.5 inches - farm pond, Wapello County, May 10, 2016 - Randy Conover, Eldon, Iowa
Silver chub Macrhybopsis storeriana Cyprinidae 8 inches
Silverband Shiner Notropis shumardi Cyprinidae
Southern Redbelly Dace Chrosomus erythrogaster Cyprinidae 3 inches
Spotfin shiner Cyprinella spiloptera Cyprinidae 3 inches
Spottail Shiner Notropis hudsonius Cyprinidae
Sturgeon Chub Macrhybopsis gelida Cyprinidae
Suckermouth minnow Phenacobius mirabilis Cyprinidae 4 - 5 inches
Topeka Shiner Notropis topeka Cyprinidae 3 inches
Weed shiner Notropis texanus Cyprinidae not recorded
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