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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!

Log into your AEA Learning account at https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com to register for any of the classes below. If you don't have an account, you can create one on this site.

Email edinfo@dnr.iowa.gov with questions.

Teaching Outdoor Skills: Archery and Bowfishing
Dates: June 20-21, 2019
Location: Benton County Conservation Nature Center, Vinton
Cost: participant only - $75; recertification credit - $110

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.

Meals/materials fee includes lunch both days, curriculum materials, and workshop supplies and fees. Participants must have a valid Iowa fishing license for on water bowfishing activities. $75 materials/lunch fee due with registration. Class will meet 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on June 20 and 21. Course assignment due July 5.

GW - Teaching Outdoor Skills: Archery and Bowfishing, course number 168694  


Teaching Outdoor Skills: An Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills
Dates: July 24-25, 2019
Location: Big Creek State Park, Polk City
Cost: participant only - $100; recertification credit - $135; Drake - $210

Learn a variety of basic outdoor skills. Participants 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 covers rentals, supplies, resource materials, and meals (lunch and dinner on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2). Class will meet 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on July 24 and 8:30 a.m. - 4 pm on July 25. Assignment due August 8.

EDMA graduate credit is being offered for this course. Check with your partnering institution of higher education to make sure it will be accepted towards a master's degree or endorsement. Participants must have a valid Iowa fishing license.

HL - Teaching Outdoor Skills: An Introduction to Basic Outdoor Skills, course number 168692 


Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa! (Introduction to Fishing)
Dates: July 29-30, 2019
Location: Terra Park, Johnston
Cost: participant only - $100; recertification credit - $135; Drake - $210

Learn fishing basics including fish identification, fishing locations, casting techniques, and cleaning and cooking fish. Participants will experience lake/pond fishing (including fishing from a kayak and/or canoe) and be introduced to other types of fishing including spinning, bait casting, and fly-fishing. Instruction will include a variety of demonstration and hands-on, experiential approaches, as well as peer teaching and small group work to develop appropriate teaching strategies for individual teaching situations.

The registration fee includes lunch, the Fish Iowa! Basic Spincasting teaching module, and an instructor kit. Teaching materials will be provided in pdf format, so please bring a laptop or similar device with a USB port. Participants must have a valid Iowa fishing license.

Class will meet 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on July 29 and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 30. Assignment due August 14.

EDMA graduate credit is being offered for this course. Check with your partnering institution of higher education to make sure it will be accepted towards a master's degree or endorsement.

HL - Teaching Outdoor Skills: Fish Iowa!, course number 168571
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