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Northern Pike, photo submitted by M. Laake

Iowa waters teem with unprecedented numbers of fish–west to east from big river to big river–and the lakes, rivers and streams in-between. Enticing a fish to bite your hook is always fun, and can be relaxing or challenging as you decide to make it.

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Iowa ponds
Some of the best fishing in Iowa happens on privately owned ponds. Learn tips and techniques to manage your Iowa pond

Fighting Invasive Species
Invasive aquatic species like zebra mussels and Eurasion watermilfoil are one of the greatest threats to Iowa fish. Find out how you can help prevent the spread of invasive species.


Fisheries Research
Research is the backbone of Iowa’s fisheries work. Learn how fisheries research projects help create better fishing for more Iowans in more places.

Habitat and Lake Projects
Good fishing starts with improving habitat and water quality. Learn about dozens of projects the DNR implements each year on Iowa lakes and rivers.

Lake Restoration Program
Millions of dollars are invested to improve Iowa’s major lakes through shoreline improvements, dredging, watershed work and much more.


Eating Iowa Caught Fish

Most Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if eaten. Over 4.5 million meals of Iowa fish were eaten in 2018. Some limitations of eating fish may apply for young children and pregnant women. Fish are a good source of nutrients that promote healthy child development and is also part of a healthy diet.

Pregnant women, women wanting to become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, and children under 12 years of age should monitor their fish consumption to ensure they are selecting fish that are low in mercury.