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Fishing Iowa

EZFishing brings you Iowa's most comprehensive list of fishing locations, providing interactive maps that show each location's GPS coordinates, nearby facilities (like restaurants, gas stations, marinas and fishing shops), their current and forecasted weather and, if available, their water conditions.

Registered users can rate fishing locations, post their personal/public notes and also tag them with information about fish species generally caught there as well as the most common and effective fishing techniques.

Search Fishing Locations in Iowa

Find any of the 2427 locations currently available in EZFishing database, to check fishing reports, maps, directions, weather and water conditions.


Iowa Fishing Resources

Fishing regulations and licensing, guides/outfitter services and local fishing clubs in Iowa.

Iowa Fishing Regulations

Are you familiar with the fishing regulation in Iowa?
It is never a bad idea to check it again before your next outing.

Iowa Fishing License

Purchasing a fishing license you are helping to preserve the environment and also ensure that future generations can enjoy fishing as you are. Among other things, your fishing license fees support fisheries and hatcheries management, education programs about fishing and conservation, protection of endangered species.

Here it is where you can get your fishing license.

Links to Iowa Government Agencies

Here are a few websites of Iowa's agencies involved in regulation and conservation.

Iowa Fishing News

Check out what is the latest fishing buzz in Iowa.

  • Registration open for River-Cade youth fishing derby
  • SIOUX CITY, Iowa - There's a great chance to get the kids out fishing next weekend, but you need to sign up this week. The 21st Annual River-Cade Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 3rd, and if you want to get the kids involved, there's a new place to register
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  • 5/30/2017 12:14:00 AM
  • Special DNR events promote fishing
  • OTTUMWA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources hopes a photo contest will increase fishing in Iowa. “Be part of the mission – take someone fishing!” says the DNR’s website. The 2017 Mission Fishin’ photo contest utilizes social media to ...
  • Ottumwa Courier
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  • 5/29/2017 9:39:00 PM
  • Free fishing derby June 3
  • Iowa residents have the opportunity to fish without a fishing license in all the state’s lakes and streams during the weekend of June 2-4. On June 3, a Fishing Derby will take place at Lake Cornelia from 1-3 p.m. Up to $500 in cash prizes will be awarded.
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  • 5/25/2017 6:34:00 AM
  • Muscatine woman “terrified” of snakes catches snake on fish hook
  • MUSCATINE CO., Iowa (KWQC) – Katharina Fitch decided to spend part of Mother’s Day fishing at Wiese Slough in Muscatine County. The novice angler had just gotten her fishing license an hour earlier when she snagged a bizarre chain reaction. She hooked ...
  • KWQC
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  • 5/24/2017 12:30:00 PM
  • Iowa: Free Fishing Days June 2-4
  • Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) free fishing weekend. "Free fishing weekend is a great opportunity for Iowans to reconnect with fishing," said Joe Larscheid, chief of ..
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  • 5/24/2017 5:35:00 AM
  • Camp Autumn receives IGL Fishing Club donation
  • Camp Autumn received a donation of fishing supplies from the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club. The therapeutic day camp, located in O’Brien County, is home to a 30-acre lake, where many of the outdoor camp activities, like fishing, will take place.
  • Dickinson County News
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  • 5/23/2017 8:41:00 PM
  • Getting families hooked on fishing
  • DeCook also talked about some common fish in the area, discussed Iowa fishing regulations and answered questions. On Saturday, June 3, families will have a chance to try out their skills at the Family Fishing Day and Kids’ Fishing Derby from 11 a.m. to 2 .
  • Oskaloosa Herald
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  • 5/22/2017 1:36:00 AM
  • Planning fishing trips
  • Not always, but often. Lakes like Winnie and Kabetogama in Minnesota, Clear Lake in Iowa, and Green Bay in Wisconsin are outstanding examples of lakes that can provide outstanding fishing much of the year. There are many, many other bodies of water that ..
  • Spencer Daily Reporter
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  • 5/22/2017 12:58:00 AM
  • Camp Autumn Receives Fishing Gear From Fishing Club
  • Sutherland, Iowa — A therapeutic day camp for children, opening in June near Sutherland has received some fishing equipment for campers from an area fishing club. Named after Autumn Elgersma of Orange City who lost her life at the hands of her babysitter .
  • KIWA-FM 105.3
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  • 5/21/2017 7:28:00 PM
  • Learn about economics of trout fishing
  • PRESTON — A community forum to highlight the economic importance of trout fishing in the Driftless Area of southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the F&M Community Bank Community Room in ..
  • Post-Bulletin
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  • 5/19/2017 9:46:00 PM
  • Sharon Rushton, Journalist
  • The fishing tackle manufacturer Berkley recruited Sharon to move to Spirit Lake, Iowa where she was hired as the founding executive director for the Future Fisherman Foundation. Through the Future Fisherman Foundation, she developed the award-winning ...
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  • 5/19/2017 8:39:00 AM
  • Iowa man catches endangered prehistoric fish
  • DECORAH, Iowa (KWQC) – A rarely-seen ancient fish that can live to be 150 years old has turned up in Iowa. Rob Griffith reeled in a lake sturgeon while fishing the Upper Iowa River near Decorah, Iowa on May 5, 2017. National Geographic reports the lake ...
  • KWQC
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  • 5/18/2017 12:19:00 PM
  • Iowa Fishing Club Pays It Forward
  • A central Iowa fishing club is the 2017 recipient of the Brass Bluegill award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fish Iowa! program. Mid-Iowa Bassmasters' members Bruce Davidson, Rocky Merrifield, and Dave Batts will share the award in honor of
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  • 5/18/2017 9:15:00 AM
  • Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa
  • Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great opportunity to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing. Catching panfish is easy and fun. “Late May and early June is a great time to take kids ...
  • Newton Daily News
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  • 5/17/2017 3:26:00 PM
  • Planning fishing trips
  • Not always, but often. Lakes like Winnie and Kabetogama in Minnesota, Clear Lake in Iowa, and Green Bay in Wisconsin are outstanding examples of lakes that can provide outstanding fishing much of the year. There are many, many other bodies of water that ..
  • Dickinson County News
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  • 5/17/2017 3:00:00 PM
  • Thrift's First Morning of Practice
  • The oddly named Great Lakes Division of the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) has been fishing the various pools in northern Iowa and Wisconsin for quite some time. The Mississippi isn’t new to high level competition either, having hosted a Costa FLW ..
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  • 5/15/2017 12:26:00 PM
  • Isolated farm ponds can provide memorable fishing
  • I have a cousin in southern Iowa who has about given up fishing the public lakes and concentrates his time on ponds. He ice-fishes on private ponds in the winter, topwater fishes them in the spring and summer, fishes with plastic worms in the fall.
  • Joplin Globe
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  • 5/14/2017 12:07:00 PM
  • Jensen: Be ready to go fishing
  • Not always, but often. Lakes like Winnie and Kabetogama in Minnesota, Clear Lake in Iowa, and Green Bay in Wisconsin are outstanding examples of lakes that can provide outstanding fishing much of the year. There are many, many other bodies of water that ..
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 5/14/2017 5:05:00 AM
  • Jerry Davis: Tempted to fish trout? Welcome to Wisconsin
  • IOWA COUNTY — Doing something for the first time is a good way to rehearse for retirement. Al Mackenzie, of Plain, and Tom Schwab, from Verona, fished trout last Sunday morning following the start of trout season on May 6 as a good start to that schedule .
  • Madison
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  • 5/13/2017 11:17:00 PM
  • County gets $40K for fish hatchery
  • The money is made available through the sale of fishing licenses. Half the amount goes to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the other goes toward grants statewide. Tebbs said his idea for the hatchery competed with 13 other projects ...
  • The Daily Gate City
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  • 5/12/2017 3:44:00 PM
  • Quarry Springs to host Kids Fishing Derby
  • Iowa’s Free Fishing weekend should provide family fun for everyone. Contestants may fish from shore or fish from a boat. Fish must be caught between 9 and 11 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.
  • Newton Daily News
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  • 5/12/2017 3:12:00 PM
  • ‘Fishing the Midwest’ to hit the radio airwaves in May
  • Fishing the Midwest Radio will be available on radio stations across Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa. Go to for station and time information. Fishing the Midwest Radio will also be available as a podcast on
  • Fergus Falls Daily Journal
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  • 5/11/2017 5:02:00 PM

Iowa Guides/Outfitters

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Iowa Fishing Clubs

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