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The good news? Research shows these inconsistent license buyers will fish again if invited! Eighty-four percent will fish if invited by a child, friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor...
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Miles and miles of Iowa’s finest lakes, rivers and streams are out there just waiting to be experienced. Chock-full of open space and peaceful sounds, Iowa’s many waterways are the perfect backdrop for pondering life’s biggest questions, or ignoring them completely, all while reeling in a few keepers.
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Lakes, Ponds and Reservoirs
Many of Iowa’s thousands of lakes and ponds number 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.
Head to one of Iowa’s rivers or streams to catch a dozen or more different species, including prized-size catfish, walleye and smallmouth bass in one trip. Iowa’s interior rivers are known for growing large-sized fish, and lots of them.
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.
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.
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.