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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 email@example.com.
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Fish Iowa! Resources
Brass Bluegill Nomination Form
Brass Bluegill Award Recipients
Introduction to Ice Fishing
Introduction to Fly-fishing
How to tie fishing knots
Bass Connect the Dot Sheet
Fishing in Iowa Crossword Puzzle
Bluegill coloring page
Channel catfish coloring page
Largemouth bass coloring page
Walleye coloring page
Over 3,400 free-loan rods and reels are available at over 100 locations around Iowa to use for a fishing field trip or to teach casting.
There are a lot of fun ways to teach beginners how to fish. Try these great ideas shared by participants of our Fish Iowa! trainings.
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 FishingSimple tips to help kids have fun in Iowa’s great outdoors, and most importantly, want to go fishing again.
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