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Share the joy of fishing with youth and adults in your community. Check out these resources to get you started.
Fish Iowa! Fish Iowa! combines physical education, health, biology, geography, and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc. Fish Iowa! works with students with all levels of abilities.
Materials are available to Iowa educators and youth leaders through training sessions (one-on one) and workshops. To set up an individual training session or workshop (minimum 15 participants), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is sponsoring four how to teach outdoor skills courses for K–12 teachers, naturalists and other educators this summer.
Hands-on sessions (indoors and outside) will provide introductory skills instruction and development, teaching materials and lesson plans. The cost of each course varies. Create an account on the AEALearning website to find the cost, and requirements for each course.
Educators can earn license renewal for all four courses. Graduate credit is also available for the Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills and Fish Iowa! Basic Fishing sessions.
Register for the how to teach outdoor skills courses through the AEALearning website at https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com/. You will be asked to create an account if you do not already have one. After you login, enter “outdoor skills” in the course search to find registration information for each course.
Fish Iowa! Resources
Brass Bluegill Nomination Form
Brass Bluegill Award Recipients
Iowa Fish ID Guide
Introduction to Ice Fishing
Introduction to Fly-fishing
How to tie fishing knots
Bass Connect the Dot Sheet
Fishing in Iowa Crossword Puzzle
Bluegill coloring page
Channel catfish coloring page
Largemouth bass coloring page
Walleye coloring page
Over 3,400 free-loan rods and reels are available at over 100 locations around Iowa to use for a fishing field trip or to teach casting.
Rod and reel distribution centersFly-fishing loaner sites
There are a lot of fun ways to teach beginners how to fish. Try these great ideas shared by participants of our Fish Iowa! trainings.
From Hookin’ to Cookin’ Step-by-step tips to help you gear up and then clean and cook the fish once you have caught them.
How to Fish For…Try these easy tricks on how to fish for the most popular species in Iowa.
Iowa Fish Species Fact sheets featuring Iowa fish species.
Quick Fishing Facts A two-page summary of the Iowa Fishing Regulations.
Taking Kids FishingSimple tips to help kids have fun in Iowa’s great outdoors, and most importantly, want to go fishing again.
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