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Get hooked on fishing in Iowa's metro areas!

As temperatures warm up this spring, many Iowans are wondering if they can still fish in light of the COVID-19 health emergency. The answer is yes, but be careful and responsible.  Stay safe when fishing this spring with these tips:

  • Once you find your fishing spot, keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and other groups.
  • Stick with your immediate family, but keep groups to fewer than 10 people.
  • Bring lures from home instead of buying bait to minimize your interaction with other people.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.

Find dozens of easy to get to stocked lakes and ponds in parks and along trails. No matter where you live, you're just a few minutes away from outdoor fun and a relaxing time with friends and family. Have fun and "fish local" today!



Find a new favorite fishing spot!

Check out some fishing hot spots in the communities listed below. If your regular fishing location is popular and busy, try out a new one where less people are fishing or come back at a time that is not so busy like early morning or later at night.

Grab your family and your poles, get away from daily life stresses, and catch a few moments you’ll never want to release.


+ Ames Metro - Ames, Cambridge, Nevada
+ Burlington Metro
+ Cedar Falls Metro - Cedar Falls, Dike
+ Cedar Rapids Metro - Bertram, Fairfax, Marion
+ Cedar Rapids Metro - Cedar Rapids, Palo
+ Clinton Metro - Clinton, DeWitt
+ Council Bluffs Metro
+ Davenport Metro- Bettendorf, Davenport, Eldridge
+ Des Moines (DSM) Metro
+ DSM Metro E - Altoona, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill
+ DSM Metro N - Ankeny, Johnston, Polk City
+ DSM Metro S - Norwalk
+ DSM Metro W - Clive, Urbandale, Waukee, WDSM
+ Dubuque Metro - Asbury, Dubuque
+ Fort Dodge Metro
+ Indianola Metro
+ Iowa City Metro - Coralville, Iowa City
+ Iowa City Metro - North Liberty, Tiffin
+ Marshalltown Metro
+ Mason City Metro - Clear Lake, Mason City
+ Muscatine Metro
+ Ottumwa Metro
+ Sioux City Metro
+ Waterloo Metro - Evansdale, Waterloo


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