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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.

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

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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.

  • Fishing opportunities abound in Southwest Iowa
  • Black Crappie - Fair: Drift jigs or still fish minnows near the trees mid-lake. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are in the shallow bays on the upper half of the lake between the fishing jetties. They should be easy to target in these areas through May.
  • Kmaland
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  • 6/8/2018 1:53:00 PM
  • DNR: fish are biting in southwest Iowa lakes
  • (KMAland) -- Southwest Iowa has several fishing hot spots this summer. Chris Larson is a regional fisheries supervisor with the Iowa DNR and says KMAland is home to many angler-friendly lakes. "Lake of Three Fires, Lake Icaria, and Viking Lake all have ...
  • Kmaland
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  • 6/7/2018 10:57:00 AM
  • "Take Your Kid Fishing"
  • WYATT RITTER OF ROCKFORD HOPES TOURNAMENTS LIKE THIS GET MORE KIDS HOOKED ON FISHING. <"it gets kids off the screens at home, and outside." TODAYS EVENT COINCIDED WITH THE FREE FISHING WEEKEND... OPEN TO ALL IOWA RESIDENTS.
  • KIMT
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  • 6/3/2018 4:17:00 AM
  • Kids take part in annual fishing derby
  • Children and their parents headed out to Copper Creek Lake for the annual fishing derby.This is all part of free fishing weekend, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Fishers lined the creek and waited patiently for a bite.
  • WeAreIOWA
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  • 6/3/2018 12:46:00 AM
  • LOOK: Iowa man catches record-size fish
  • OTTUMWA - It's every fisherman's dream to hook the big one. Just about every fisherman has a big fish story, but a man from southeast Iowa has the picture and the fish to prove it. Randy Conover is an avid fisherman and happened to catch a record setting .
  • WeAreIOWA
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  • 6/1/2018 10:18:00 PM
  • Free Fishing In Iowa This Weekend
  • Statewide Iowa (Radio Iowa) — Iowans who love to fish, or who want to learn, will be able to fish for free this weekend. The state is holding its annual opportunity to see what the fishing fuss is all about, according to Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa ..
  • KIWA-FM 105.3
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  • 6/1/2018 8:25:00 PM
  • North Iowa fishing report for June 1
  • Clear Lake: Surface water temperature is 74 degrees. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye - Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass ...
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 6/1/2018 3:09:00 PM
  • Don’t miss out on local fishing events
  • It's free fishing weekend in Iowa- no license is required. There's prizes to be won and prize fish to be caught at the 5th annual Kid's Fishing Derby at Tama's Cherry Lake. It's set for tomorrow - Saturday, June 2, with sign in at 7:30 a.m. and the Derby .
  • Tama News-Herald -Toledo Chronicle
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  • 6/1/2018 5:43:00 AM
  • Two family fishing events coming up in Cass County
  • Free fishing days in Iowa are June 1-3, a weekend intended to give residents a chance to fish free before they have to purchase fishing licenses, but also a chance to take their kids, grand-kids or even neighbors and friends fishing. All other fishing ...
  • Atlantic News Telegraph
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  • 6/1/2018 2:50:00 AM
  • Pass On the Passion for Iowa Panfish
  • Take someone fishing, young or old, and introduce them to the fast and furious fun in catching Iowa panfish. No doubt panfish are some of the most popular sportfish we chase in Iowa. These great little fighters bring hours of laughter, enjoyment and sport
  • Game & Fish
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  • 5/31/2018 5:44:00 PM
  • Kids fishing derby at Arrowhead Saturday
  • Children must be younger than 16 years of age to participate in this derby. Since this event is held in conjunction with Iowa’s free fishing weekend, a license is not required for Iowa residents. All other IDNR fishing regulations apply. Attendees must ...
  • The Daily Nonpareil
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  • 5/31/2018 5:20:00 AM
  • Free Family Fishing Day
  • This event is part of celebrating Free Fishing Weekend, June 1-3. A kids fishing tournament will be held. There will be an Iowa Department of Natural Resources live fish demonstration, and many other activities to enjoy. Prizes will be awarded to the top .
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 5/29/2018 5:28:00 PM
  • Fishing the heartland: The cross-generational appeal of big bullheads
  • Some of these bullheads were the big, fat, yellow variety – a fine-eating fish. I grew up in Iowa before moving to Minnesota in 1981. The bullhead in Iowa is like walleyes, bass or trout in some states – revered. It was in Iowa where I learned how to ...
  • Outdoornews
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  • 5/29/2018 5:23:00 PM
  • First Annual Kids Fishing Day Coming Saturday
  • The first annual Kids Fishing Day, sponsored by the Knoxville Police Department, the Marion County Conservation Board, and the Iowa DNR will be Saturday at Marion County Park. The event invites children between the ages of 8 and 17 to learn basic fishing .
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  • 5/29/2018 9:56:00 AM
  • Iowa DNR Hosts Free Fishing Weekend June 1-3
  • Iowa residents will enjoy free fishing without a license for three days beginning next Friday. From June 1 to June 3, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will allow fishing without a license at waters across the state. “This is a great time to .
  • CBC Online 1380 KCIM
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  • 5/28/2018 3:52:00 PM
  • Fishing frenzy
  • T-R FILE PHOTO This year’s Iowa Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend comes June 1-3, and it provides an opportunity for Iowa residents to get on the water and cast a line without a fishing license. In Marshall County, fishermen and -women .
  • Times Republican
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  • 5/26/2018 6:31:00 AM
  • Pair of family fishing events next weekend
  • It's no license weekend in Iowa so you don't need a license to take part. Poles and bait will be furnished for free and a campfire dinner will be served. At Cherry Lake The Cherry Lake Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Community Activities Group and the ..
  • Tama News-Herald -Toledo Chronicle
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  • 5/26/2018 5:59:00 AM
  • North Iowa fishing report for May 25
  • Clear Lake: Surface water temperature is 67 degrees. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a minnow in the rush beds and areas with vegetation. Walleye - Good: Try a slip bobber and leeches fished in the rocky reefs. Yellow Bass ...
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 5/25/2018 3:09:00 PM
  • Signs warning of bridge fishing ban in downtown Cedar Rapids not true
  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) --The signs on the downtown Cedar Rapids bridge said “clean up your trash or risk no more fishing.” But the warning the city of Cedar Rapids was ready to ban all fishing from downtown bridges over the Cedar River isn’t true.
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  • 5/24/2018 9:38:00 PM
  • Free fishing June 1 at Lake Cornelia
  • Iowa residents have the opportunity to fish without a fishing license in all the state’s lakes and streams during the weekend of June 1-3. On June 2, a fishing derby will take place at Lake Cornelia from 1-3 p.m. Up to $500 in cash prizes will be awarded.
  • belmondnews.com
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  • 5/24/2018 6:10:00 AM
  • 2018 Iowa Catfish Forecast
  • June in Iowa — a time when catfish focus on reproduction, and catfish anglers focus on catching as many catfish as possible during what likely is the most misunderstood time of the catfish fishing calendar. Myriad folk tales have been told about how good .
  • Game & Fish
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  • 5/11/2018 3:59:00 PM
  • North Iowa fishing report for May 12
  • Clark Lake (Mike Zack W.A.): Northern Pike and Largemouth are biting on crankbaits and soft plastic baits. Clear Lake: Water temperature is 62 degrees. The docks are in at all the boat ramps. Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are biting. Use a small jig or a
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 5/11/2018 1:10:00 PM

Iowa Guides/Outfitters

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Iowa Fishing Clubs

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