Tell a friend Send us feedback

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.

select
select

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.

  • GALLAGHER: Eagles, fish soaring at Black Hawk Lake
  • LAKE VIEW, Iowa | Locals and visitors alike hit the Black Hawk Lake neighborhood this week for sights they're not accustomed to seeing. Bald eagles. In bunches. On Thursday, Lannie Miller, a retired DNR fisheries biologist, drove around the lake with his .
  • Sioux City Journal
  • -
  • 3/18/2018 5:11:00 AM
  • North Iowa fishing report for March 16
  • Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 16-19 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Vehicle traffic is not recommended. Yellow Bass - good: Try near the Baptist camp in the main lake and by the channel in the little lake. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fi
  • Globe Gazette
  • -
  • 3/16/2018 5:49:00 PM
  • Local hosts fly fishing program in Galva
  • fly fishing in Iowa and out west, making flies and getting started. Radke shared numerous stories about fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Black Hills, and he graciously offered to help participants learn how ...
  • Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune
  • -
  • 3/16/2018 3:08:00 PM
  • Anderson: Fly fishing expo flows back to an unlikely source
  • But it wasn't always so. In the 1980s, when Helgeson swapped his editor's pen for a fly rod, the notion that fly fishing in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan — broadly speaking, the Midwest — was worthy of celebrating was rarely uttered.
  • Star Tribune
  • -
  • 3/15/2018 5:12:00 PM
  • Iowa: Ice-Out Channel Cats Biting
  • Channel catfish move close to shore and are eager to bite in many lakes and the large reservoirs across Iowa. After eating light during the winter, channel catfish go on a feeding frenzy in early spring cleaning up small fish that died over the winter.
  • thefishingwire.com
  • -
  • 3/14/2018 4:18:00 AM
  • Fishing creates lasting friendship for two local men
  • Plus you need a witness to your fishing tails anyways. A former youth counselor at an Iowa juvenile facility was arrested after she allegedly helped three juveniles escape and had sexual relations with one of them. President Donald Trump praised other ...
  • WNEM-TV
  • -
  • 3/11/2018 4:25:00 PM
  • North Iowa fishing report for March 9
  • Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 15-17 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Vehicle traffic is not recommended. Yellow Bass - Good: The bite has picked up. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fish. The best bite is still at early morning and late ...
  • Globe Gazette
  • -
  • 3/9/2018 3:31:00 PM
  • Iowa: Urban Trout Stocking Starts March 23
  • The Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries staff will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout in 10 lakes across Iowa in March and April as part of its cool weather trout program. The spring urban trout stockings are a great place to take kids
  • thefishingwire.com
  • -
  • 3/7/2018 6:05:00 AM
  • Iowa: Grants for Fishing Opportunities in Hispanic Communities
  • Three Iowa organizations were awarded a George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education grant to provide hands-on fishing programs and classes for Hispanic families in their communities. Organizations receiving the grant are the Iowa Latino Community Center ...
  • thefishingwire.com
  • -
  • 3/7/2018 6:05:00 AM
  • Wisconsin Fishing: Best Early Season Hot Spots
  • Anglers aren’t required to use barbless hooks, but only artificial flies and lures are legal to use during this season. Iowa County’s Gordon Creek is one of the top spots. The stream has an estimated 330 brown trout per acre and fish over 20 inches ...
  • Game & Fish
  • -
  • 3/6/2018 9:56:00 PM
  • Thousands of fish dead after winter kill in three eastern Iowa lakes
  • Bluegills, a favorite among ice anglers, were among the dead fish at Terry Trueblood Lake – about 1,000 bluegills were winter-kill victims at the lake. SOLON, Iowa — The Iowa DNR received reports of dead fish in Terry Trueblood Lake in Iowa City, and ...
  • Outdoornews
  • -
  • 3/6/2018 8:40:00 PM
  • Iowa Crappie Fishing Outlook 2018
  • Iowa crappie fishing action is heating up, and these are among the best waters statewide. Crappie will soon begin to move to shallower haunts, and the fishing will heat up. Anglers statewide will have some great opportunities to pursue this popular species
  • Game & Fish
  • -
  • 3/5/2018 4:29:00 PM
  • North Iowa fishing report for March 2
  • Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 16-20 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Yellow Bass - Good: The bite has picked up. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fish. The best bite is still at early morning and the last hour of light. Walleye – Fair: Try ..
  • Globe Gazette
  • -
  • 3/2/2018 7:03:00 PM
  • Time to remove fish houses from inland lakes fast approaching
  • Exceptions to the removal deadlines are Minnesota-Canada border waters (March 31), Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota border waters (March 5), Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters (March 1) and Minnesota-Iowa border waters (Feb. 20). Fish house owners ..
  • Outdoornews
  • -
  • 3/1/2018 5:34:00 PM
  • Dead fish appear as eastern Iowa marina thaws
  • BURLINGTON, Iowa — The late-winter thawing of an eastern Iowa marina has left anglers and birds with a smelly surprise: thousands of tiny dead shad. Fish in Burlington's Bluff Harbor Marina slowly ran out of oxygen during two months of freezing ...
  • WRAL
  • -
  • 2/27/2018 11:14:00 AM
  • Dead fish appear as southeastern Iowa marina thaws
  • BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - The late-winter thawing of a southeastern Iowa marina has left anglers and birds with a smelly surprise: thousands of tiny dead shad. Fish in Burlington's Bluff Harbor Marina slowly ran out of oxygen during two months of freezing ..
  • KWQC-TV6
  • -
  • 2/26/2018 9:47:00 PM
  • Dead fish appear as eastern Iowa marina thaws
  • BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The late-winter thawing of an eastern Iowa marina has left anglers and birds with a smelly surprise: thousands of tiny dead shad. Fish in Burlington's Bluff Harbor Marina slowly ran out of oxygen during two months of freezing ...
  • The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
  • -
  • 2/26/2018 7:46:00 PM
  • Dead fish appear as eastern Iowa marina thaws
  • BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- The late-winter thawing of an eastern Iowa marina has left anglers and birds with a smelly surprise: thousands of tiny dead shad. Fish in Burlington's Bluff Harbor Marina slowly ran out of oxygen during two months of freezing ...
  • ABC Kcrg 9
  • -
  • 2/26/2018 5:45:00 PM
  • PREPARATIONS FOR THE OPEN WATER FISHING SEASON
  • PHOTO CAPTION—When the fish start biting, you need to be ready to go. Clear Lake in north central Iowa is open to fishing year ‘round, and the early bite can be outstanding. Here’s Clear Lake guide Kevan Paul with an early season walleye.
  • odumagazine.com
  • -
  • 2/24/2018 5:04:00 PM
  • North Iowa fishing report for Feb. 23
  • Blue Pit: Trout are still being caught. Fish near the pier with small jigs tipped with live bait. Rainbow Trout – Fair. Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 17-20 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Ice heaves have made access on the lake difficult in spots.
  • Globe Gazette
  • -
  • 2/23/2018 11:50:00 PM
  • Where do fish go in the winter time?
  • So where do fish go in winter? We are fortunate to have a premier Mississippi River fishery research facility nearby at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bellevue Fisheries Station located south of Bellevue. The research station has been mapping ...
  • Clinton Herald
  • -
  • 2/17/2018 12:05:00 PM
  • North Iowa fishing report for Feb. 15
  • Blue Pit: Trout are still being caught. Fish near the pier with small jigs tipped with live bait. Clear Lake: Ice thickness is 17-20 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Ice heaves have made access on the lake difficult in spots. Yellow Bass - Good: The
  • Globe Gazette
  • -
  • 2/16/2018 6:47:00 PM
  • Giant Paddlefish From Grand Lake, Oklahoma
  • Though Todd Hoffman’s 105.2 pounder is a lunker, it’s not a record–paddlefish over 120 pounds have been caught in Oklahoma, and the largest on record is apparently a 198 pounder snagged in Iowa. IGFA does not keep paddlefish records because the fish ...
  • odumagazine.com
  • -
  • 2/15/2018 4:06:00 PM

Iowa Guides/Outfitters

Refer a Fishing Guide or Outfitter

Want to learn a new fishing technique or need some help for you next outing? Check out one of the guide/outfitter services listed below.

Couldn't find your guide / outfitter service here?
Post a Guide/Outfitter Referral and we will update this list.

Iowa Fishing Clubs

Refer a Fishing Club

Want to join an interest group near you?

Look up the following list of fishing clubs in Iowa.

Couldn't find your fishing club here?
Post a Club Referral and we will update this list.

Favorite Locations

Check out the most popular locations in Iowa.

Be the first one to mark a location as your favorite in Iowa

Contribute

Help us improve EZFishing content and expand EZFishing community!

Recommend a Fishing Guide who helped making your outings memorable!

List your Fishing Club web site on EZFishing.

Write a featured article about your exciting fishing adventures, and we will be glad to publish it on EZFishing.

Fishing Gear

Refresh your fishing gear with items on sale at Amazon.com.

Iowa Weather

Conditions Not Available

ZipCode 50307

Fishing Gear

Refresh your fishing gear with items on sale at Amazon.com.