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Explore more than 90 fishing spots in nearby parks in the Des Moines metro. Find one near you on our interactive map. We have plenty of options to help you find a spot that is less crowded, so you can easily keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and other groups. If the parking lot is full when you get to a fishing spot, pick a new location or come back at a time that is not so busy like early morning or later at night.
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Fishing is fun, inexpensive and a great activity for kids of all ages. What are you waiting for? Grab your family and reconnect with nature.
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It’s so easy to buy your fishing license. Just go to our Go Outdoors Iowa online licensing system.
Anyone 16 years and older must have a fishing license to fish Iowa waters. Anglers under the age of 16 may fish Iowa waters without a fishing license and may fish for and keep their own limit of fish, except when fishing for trout they must share their limit with a licensed adult or buy their own trout fee to keep their own limit of trout.
Yearly, seven-day, or 24-hour fishing licenses are available.
2021 Iowa Fishing Regulations
You don't need much to go fishing. With just a few pieces of basic gear, you'll be reeling in fish and making new memories in no time.
Keep the experience fun and positive with these handy tips:
Be careful and responsible when fishing and abide by these physical distancing and safety protocols to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Check out these helpful tips to help you identify Iowa fish.
You can fish any time, but they usually bite best from 30 minutes before sunrise until two or three hours after the sun is up. They get hungry again 30 minutes before sunset and bite well for about an hour or two.
Try these easy tricks on how to fish for the most popular species in Iowa.
Knot tying is an essential skill for beginning anglers to learn. Try these tips to help get you started.