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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.

  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 ...
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  • 2/15/2018 4:06:00 PM
  • Garry Allen to present fishing seminar on Feb. 22
  • Nothing beats a walleye sandwich during a fishing break. For many years, Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) members have met out at Allen’s in late March for their annual early spring rendezvous. Yes, the weather can be iffy, but if it is a good early .
  • Dickinson County News
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  • 2/14/2018 4:20:00 AM
  • Groom snags fiancé while fishing on the river
  • “I agreed to marriage,” Lauren said, “but not to fishing every day.” The couple first met while they were attending Iowa State University. “We met through a mutual friend, Kory Davis, from Monticello,” Lauren said. “Kory and I were eating ...
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 2/13/2018 6:08:00 PM
  • SL continues to have successful ice fishing
  • Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with waxworms fished near the bottom. Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. East Okoboji Lake Walleye - Fair: Anglers report
  • Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune
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  • 2/12/2018 5:22:00 PM
  • Expanded Yellow Bass Bonanza reels in nearly 4,000 fish
  • The Yellow Bass Bonanza, Iowa's largest fishing tournament, was able to expand this year allowing 301 teams to compete. Throughout the four hours of competition, nearly 4,000 fish were caught. Click on the video tab for the full story and see the results .
  • KIMT
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  • 2/12/2018 5:17:00 AM
  • Expanded Yellow Bass Bonanza reel in nearly 4,000 fish
  • Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. bonanza-intro-2 every year the yellow bass bonanza brings out record breaking numbers for fishing tournaments in iowa...people from all across the midwest to even wyoming were present on clear
  • KIMT
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  • 2/12/2018 5:17:00 AM
  • Iowa City to see ice fishing, hot cocoa at Freeze Fest
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa City’s annual Freeze Fest — which brings activities from ice fishing to practicing winter survival skills — is underway this weekend. The festival is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area.
  • The Republic
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  • 2/10/2018 1:33:00 PM
  • “Fish Farm” Bill Gets Support in Iowa House Subcommittee
  • One legislator jokingly calls it a “fishy” bill, but it got the enthusiastic support of an Iowa House subcommittee. The measure would change state regulations for livestock confinements — so Iowa “fish farms” could raise all sizes of fish rather ...
  • Radio 570 WNAX
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  • 2/7/2018 8:49:00 PM
  • Casino Beach, Frank Starr and College Island host successful fishing spots
  • Bluegill - Fair: Try a small jig tipped with waxworms fished near the bottom. Most lakes in western Iowa have 9-18 inches of ice. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. East Okoboji Lake Walleye - Fair: Anglers report
  • Storm Lake Pilot Tribune
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  • 2/7/2018 4:00:00 PM
  • Iowa DNR gives deadline to take down ice fishing shelters
  • DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa DNR is reminding people all ice fishing shelters must be removed by February 20. Permanent ice shelters have to be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by that date in Iowa. Ice shelter owners are reminded .
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  • 2/6/2018 7:10:00 PM
  • Family fishing day in Ames
  • AMES - Families braved the slippery ice for a day on the lake. Dozens of family geared up and spent Saturday on the lake at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The family fishing day gave Iowans plenty of opportunity for a big catch. The lake was just stocked with .
  • WeAreIOWA
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  • 2/4/2018 3:36:00 AM
  • Eastern Iowa kids learn ice fishing fundamentals
  • PALO, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Kids in eastern Iowa had the chance to step out on the ice Saturday at Pleasant Creek State Park in Palo. With permission from the Iowa DNR, Bryon Ruby and a group brought all the equipment, and let kids try it out for free.
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  • 2/3/2018 5:23:00 PM
  • Free fly fishing workshop
  • The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Decorah Parks & Recreation and Winneshiek County Conservation will co-host a free fly fishing workshop Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m; (noon) in the Decorah High School main gym. This event is open
  • The Decorah Newspapers
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  • 1/31/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Missouri and Big Sioux rivers paddlefish fishing season opens Feb. 4
  • Anglers fishing for paddlefish must have a valid Iowa fishing license, along with a special paddlefish license and unused transportation tag(s). Anglers are asked to keep track of their catch and effort and return the survey card after the paddlefish ...
  • Dickinson County News
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  • 1/31/2018 3:30:00 PM
  • Best Midwinter Fishing in Iowa: Walleye, Urban Trout, More
  • Midwinter fishing in Iowa ranges from hot ice-fishing locales to open-water trout. It’s midwinter, when many of Iowa’s anglers flop up the footrest on their recliner and wear out their TV’s remote control surfing between fishing shows, wishing they ...
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  • 1/31/2018 3:26:00 PM
  • Ice fishing takes over at Bacon Creek Park
  • SIOUX CITY, Iowa - It was a great day for ice fishing out at Bacon Creek Lake. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources this afternoon stocking the east side of Bacon Creek with 1500 new rainbow trout. As soon as they were released, the fishing began.
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  • 1/27/2018 9:37:00 PM
  • Chris Kolbert: If at first you don't succeed — go fishing again
  • It was much better luck than my brother-in-law and I had the day before. I had invited my brother-in-law Dave to drive up from his home in Iowa to join me for a day of ice fishing. Dave's pretty experienced at open-water fishing for walleye and pike ...
  • Post-Bulletin
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  • 1/27/2018 2:59:00 AM
  • Iowa fisherman spots muskrat while ice fishing in Clear Lake (with video)
  • CLEAR LAKE | A Iowa fisherman was greeted by a furry friend while ice fishing on Clear Lake earlier this week. Clayton Will, an avid fisherman from Madrid, posted a Youtube video of his encounter with a muskrat on Jan. 22, while he was ice fishing on Clear
  • Globe Gazette
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  • 1/25/2018 9:00:00 PM
  • Iowa: Trout Stocking, Family Fishing At Lake Petocka Postponed
  • BONDURANT – The trout stocking and family trout fishing event scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 27 at Lake Petocka has been postponed due to unsafe ice conditions. A rescheduled date has not yet been determined due to the uncertainty of the future ...
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  • 1/25/2018 5:18:00 AM

Iowa Guides/Outfitters

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Iowa Fishing Clubs

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