Hook an Angler (Iowa Outdoors, Spring 2019)

Many opportunities for fishing in Iowa!

Iowa’s fishing opportunities are some of the best in the Midwest.  Find out more about fishing destinations across the state including maps, directions and amenities.

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Lakes, Ponds and Reservoirs

Iowa’s lakes and ponds number in the thousands. Many are stocked and managed by the Iowa DNR, offering abundant fishing, especially of panfish like crappie and bluegill. Several lakes are fishing destinations for muskie, northern pike and walleye.

Interior Rivers
For diversity of fish to catch, head to one of Iowa’s rivers or streams. Iowa’s interior rivers are known for growing large-sized fish, and lots of them. Catch a dozen or more different species, including prized-size catfish, walleye and smallmouth bass in one trip.

Trout Streams
Northeast Iowa is a regional destination for exceptional trout fishing. Find both stocked and naturally occurring trout in the breathtaking forests and streams of this part of the state.

Mississippi River
Iowa’s eastern border river is nationally known for backwater fishing for bass, catfish, panfish, pike and walleye. It is the best fishery in Iowa for abundance and diversity of fish species. Dozens of access points are available for boaters and anglers.

Missouri River
On the western border, the Missouri River offers excellent fishing for catfish and sauger. The southern part of the river is one of the only places in Iowa to catch blue catfish.