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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.


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.

  • Tackling a need: Local bait shop gives fishing poles to children
  • MUSCATINE, Iowa — Fred Harroun, who runs Muddy River Bait N' Tackle, said last year a little boy came into the store with his parents, who were planning a fishing trip. The little boy, Harroun said, looked dejected. "So I asked him, 'How come you're sad?
  • Muscatine Journal
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  • 2/17/2017 12:37:00 AM
  • Knights of Columbus Fish Fries begin in March
  • MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Knights of Columbus will hold Lenten shrimp and fish fries every Friday in Lent except for Good Friday. The first fish fry will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Ss. Mary and Mathias School. Cans of food also will be ...
  • Muscatine Journal
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  • 2/16/2017 8:19:00 PM
  • Iowa DNR officer saves man who fell through ice while fishing
  • One Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer saved a man who fell through the ice while ice fishing in Osceola late Friday morning, according to a DNR release. Two Iowa men set up an ice fishing shelter on West Lake in southern Iowa. DNR State ...
  • Des Moines Register
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  • 2/10/2017 11:35:00 PM
  • Ice Thickness Not A Problem for Ice Fishing in Northern Iowa
  • CLEAR LAKE, Iowa- This winter in Iowa has been up and down as far as the temperature is concerned. That has meant some parts of Iowa have ice which is not as sound as it might be other winters. That’s not the problem in Northern Iowa, with 22 inches of ...
  • WHO-TV
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  • 2/9/2017 11:04:00 PM
  • Skinning fish minus the mess! Home-grown idea goes viral
  • They really can't believe it,” Perry said. Parks and his brother grew up near Iowa’s Lake Okoboji. Fishing is in their veins. Their parents owned a bait shop and the brothers cleaned fish after school. “It was just part of one of those things you had ...
  • WIBW
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  • 2/9/2017 6:29:00 AM
  • With fish-skinning tool, Omaha area inventors reel in a big one
  • The Parks brothers would know. As young boys growing up near Okoboji, Iowa, the school bus dropped them off at their parents’ White Oaks Bait Shop every day after school. They went inside, dropped their book bags and began to clean fish. They did this ...
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  • 2/9/2017 6:24:00 AM
  • Iowa: Ice Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed by Feb. 20
  • DES MOINES – Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner ..
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  • 2/8/2017 8:17:00 AM
  • Skinning fish minus the mess! Home-grown idea goes viral
  • They really can't believe it,” Perry told WOWT 6 News. Parks and his brother grew up near Iowa’s Lake Okoboji. Fishing is in their veins ; their parents owned a bait shop and the brothers cleaned fish after school. “It was just part of one of those ...
  • WOWT
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  • 2/8/2017 5:00:00 AM
  • Check out the size of this monster fish caught in Iowa
  • "That thing is huge! I can't believe he's swimming here!" Those were the exciting shouts and words that came out of Mike Fogarty's three young sons' mouths after he caught one monster of a musky last week in Okoboji, Ia. Fogarty, 37, of Walthill, Neb.
  • Des Moines Register
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  • 2/6/2017 10:37:00 PM
  • Florida Keys Mixed Bag
  • I had Ben and Erica from Iowa out for a full day trip on the edge of the reef today. Sailfish were the target after loading up on pilchards. Winds were light, which made it hard to fly the kites, but we wound up fishing one kite with a couple baits and a .
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  • 2/6/2017 3:07:00 PM
  • Two men fall through ice into Lake McBride while ice fishing
  • JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) --Two men are likely going to be alright after going through the ice on Lake McBride, Sunday afternoon. Two men fell through ice on Lake McBride while ice fishing on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Both got out before emergency crews
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  • 2/6/2017 1:35:00 AM
  • Watch this invisible robot grab a fish out of the blue
  • No. 7 West Virginia overwhelms Iowa State 85-72 on the road [The robot] is nearly transparent, very hard to see. "Imagine a hard robotic hand would probably squash the fish". "When you release the fish, it's quite happy because [the robot] is soft and ...
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  • 2/2/2017 9:42:00 AM
  • 9 Who Care: Andy Berkenpas uses love of fishing to help disabled veterans
  • WEST BRANCH, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Andy Berkenpas, of West Branch, loves to fish. That's actually an understatement. He was made to fish. "My mother says I was born with gills," said Andy. "She said that she knew I couldn't get into trouble because I always .
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  • 2/2/2017 12:55:00 AM
  • Iowa: Walleye Season Closes Feb. 14 on Iowa's Large Lakes
  • SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through February 14, 2017. After that date it will be closed and reopens again on May 6, 2017. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
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  • 2/1/2017 6:44:00 AM
  • Keep safety in mind while ice fishing
  • Winter has a solid grip on central Iowa, and despite a recent warm spell of weather, ice fishing will likely be an option for cabin fever-stricken outdoors enthusiasts in coming weeks. “I always recommend fishing with someone else,” said Iowa ...
  • Times-Republican
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  • 1/28/2017 6:20:00 AM
  • Become a master of cooking wild fish at Horicon Marsh
  • Join John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports program staff member and author of "Wild Rice Goose and Other Dishes of the Upper Midwest," and "Flyfishers Guide to Wisconsin and Iowa" to learn more about new ways to prepare your catch. After an hour-long ...
  • WisNews
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  • 1/28/2017 12:05:00 AM
  • IN DEPTH: Ice Fishing
  • Ice fishing is a popular winter sport. What do we need to know? Join us today as Dr. Bob Leonard goes “In Depth” with Iowa DNR Conservation Officer, Ken Kenyon. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Filed under: In Depth, Today’s Local News
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  • 1/26/2017 8:08:00 PM
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments on draft environmental
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is seeking public comment on a draft environmental assessment. The project purpose is to construct one new boat ramp facility on the Des Moines River in ...
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  • 1/26/2017 4:48:00 PM
  • On the Water: Strong winds disrupt good fishing
  • Sheepshead were the top target often mixed with mangrove snapper, grunts, plus a few flounder and permit. Rhonda Courtney, visiting from Keokuk, Iowa, was all smiles after a good battle with a nice permit. She was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near Boca ..
  • Pine Island Eagle
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  • 1/25/2017 1:59:00 PM
  • Jerry Davis: Early fishing thrills amid the chill
  • Surface or shore ice is the main concern. “After the fall rains, the water levels are back to normal,” said Bradd Sims, a Department of Natural Resources’ fish biologist for Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties who works out of Dodgeville ...
  • La Crosse Tribune
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  • 1/25/2017 6:24:00 AM
  • Iowa River Fishing Derby is Jan. 28 in Iowa Falls
  • IOWA FALLS -- Hardin County Conservation and Iowa Falls Winter Rec Fest will host the Iowa River Ice Fishing Derby event from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at Dougan’s Landing in Iowa Falls. Anglers at this family event will have the opportunity to ...
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 1/22/2017 1:35:00 AM
  • Iowa Paddlefish Licenses Available through Jan. 31
  • Fishing News Paddlefish caught on the Big Sioux River. Don't miss your chance to catch a big fish this spring on the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers. Paddlefish can reach lengths of more than 50 inches and weigh more than 50 pounds. Buy your special ...
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  • 1/18/2017 9:17:00 AM
  • Iowa: Live Ice Fishing Today at 3:15 CT
  • VAN METER - Iowa DNR staff will be offering ice fishing tips and techniques, along with ice safety information, live from the ice of Badger Creek Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Go to at about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday to watch live as DNR
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  • 1/18/2017 9:17:00 AM
  • Don't break the ice: Ice fishing safety tips from the DNR
  • But before you drill a hole and hunker down for the big catch, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources wants you to remember a few things so you don’t become the one people are fishing for. First thing is first: Make sure your ice is stable and sturdy.
  • Sioux City Journal
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  • 1/16/2017 8:39:00 PM
  • Woman dead, 4 hospitalized from CO poisoning at ice fishing house
  • The Martin County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 1:55 p.m. to a report of an unresponsive female at an ice fishing house on Lake Wilmert, near the Minnesota-Iowa border. When authorities arrived, a 21-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • KFGO
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  • 1/16/2017 4:12:00 PM

Iowa Guides/Outfitters

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Iowa Fishing Clubs

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