Teaching people of all ages about fishing.
Fishing Education

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 edinfo@dnr.iowa.gov.


Upcoming Workshops: Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!

Teaching Outdoor Skills: An Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills
Location: Big Creek State Park Marina
Dates: July 31 & August 1 (work due August 15), 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (7/31); 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. (8/1);
Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018
Online Registration: Heartland Area Education Agency

Targeted Subject Area and Grade Level: Physical Education Grades K-12 with emphasis on grades 4-12

Number of Credits: 1 License Renewal or 1 Drake Graduate Credit

Cost: No Credit: $100; Licence Renewal: $135; Drake Graduate Credit: $210

For More Information: barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov; 515-494-3891

Description: Learn a variety of basic outdoor skills and teaching resources/methodologies through hands-on sessions. You will receive introductory instruction and lesson plans for planning outings, map reading, hiking, paddling, fishing, archery, campfire cooking, and basic firearm safety/shooting. The registration fee includes meals and materials.



Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!
Location: Big Creek State Park Marina
Dates: June 6 & 7 (work due June 22), 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p,m. (6/6); 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. (6/7)
Registration Deadline: May 30, 2018
Online Registration: Heartland Area Education Agency

Targeted Subject Area and Grade Level: Health and PE Grades 7-12; Ag and Natural Resources 7-12; Life Sciences 7-12; Nonformal educators working with age 12 and older

Number of Credits: 1 License Renewal; 1 Drake Graduate Credit

Cost: No Credit: $80; Licence Renewal: $115; Graduate Credit: $190

For More Information: barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov; 515-494-3891

Description: Learn how to use the Fish Iowa! fishing education modules and a variety of other resources to teach fishing in a variety of settings. Learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Experience lake/pond fishing (including kayak fishing) and be introduced to bow fishing and fly-fishing. A valid Iowa fishing license is required for fishing activities. Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches. Activities will also include peer teaching and small group work to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations. The registration fee includes lunch, teaching modules, and an instructor kit. The materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port.



Teaching Outdoor Skills: Advanced Fish Iowa! Lake Fishing and Bow Fishing
Location: Lake Red Rock Visitor Center
Dates: July 24 & 25, 2018
Times: 1:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. (7/24); 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (7/25);
Registration Deadline: July 13, 2018
Online Registration: Heartland Area Education Agency

Targeted Subject Area and Grade Level: Health and PE Grades 7-12; Ag and Natural Resources 7-12; Life Sciences 7-12; Nonformal educators working with age 12 and older

Number of Credits: 1 License Renewal

Cost: No Credit: $75; Licence Renewal: $110

For More Information: barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov; 515-494-3891

Description: This advanced Fish Iowa! training includes on-water instruction specific to fishing lakes and bow fishing. Classroom activities include modeling and practice of teaching activities to be used with students. About 2/3 of course sessions are practical experience bow fishing and lake fishing with experienced mentors. A valid fishing license is required to participate. Training in the Fish Iowa! basic spincasting module or prior angling experience recommended. The registration fee includes food, all equipment and materials needed for activities, and a teaching resource.

Contact Information


Western Iowa Training Specialist
Barb Gigar
barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov
515-494-3891

Eastern Iowa Training Specialist 
Holly Schulte
holly.schulte@dnr.iowa.gov
563-927-3276


Aquatic Education Map
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Free Loan Rods & Reels

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 centers
Fly-fishing loaner sites

Learn about Iowa Fish and Fishing

Visit the Iowa DNR Special Events Calendar for a list of hands-on fishing clinics for all ages and fun family friendly events.

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 Fishing
Simple tips to help kids have fun in Iowa’s great outdoors, and most importantly, want to go fishing again.