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Fish Iowa! Angler 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

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.

  • Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills, June 15-16 at Annett Nature Center, Indianola. Participants will receive introductory instruction and lesson plans for planning outings, map reading, hiking, paddling, fishing, archery, campfire cooking and basic firearm safety/shooting. Registration deadline: June 10.
  • Fish Iowa! Basic Fishing, June 28-29 at Jones County Conservation Center, Center Junction. Participants will learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques and cleaning and cooking fish. Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches. Registration deadline: June 10.
  • Archery and Bowfishing, July 12-13 at Mahaska County Conservation Center, Oskaloosa. Participants will learn basic archery and archery instructional skills, as well as bowfishing basics. Participants will receive National Archery in the Schools and Explore Bowfishing instructional materials. Registration deadline: July 5.
  • Hunter Education, July 19-20 at Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City. Learn the requirements to become a certified hunter education instructor, including firearm handling and safety, hunter education class requirements and policies and procedures. Registration deadline: July 12.

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.

Learn about Iowa Fish and Fishing

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.

General Fishing Calendar