Reel 'Em In!

Iowa’s wonderful rivers, streams, lakes and ponds offer fishermen (and fisherwomen) a chance to relax – and reel ’em in, of course. Be sure to catch these prime Iowa fishing spots. Pun intended.

But before you head out for a day on the water, check out Iowa fish reports, maps, amenities and more.


Big Spirit Lake, Northwest Iowa
There’s only one word we can think of to describe a quiet morning spent reeling in bluegill, walleye and more on Big Spirit Lake – perfection.


Decorah’s trout streams, Northeast Iowa
You’ll be flying high when you practice the art of fly fishing on Decorah’s terrific trout streams.


Rock Creek Lake, Central Iowa
Jasper County is home to Rock Creek Lake. And you know what Rock Creek Lake is home to? Oh, just some of the best bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass you’ll find.


Black Hawk Lake, Northwest Iowa
Black bullhead? Check. Yellow bass? Check. Walleye? Check. Fishing you won’t soon forget? Double check.


Cedar River, East Central Iowa
The Cedar River has some of the best game fish populations around. Looking for smallmouth bass and walleye? Then check out the river’s rocky areas. If it’s catfish you want, head to its deep pools and brush piles. Here’s a Cedar River guide courtesy of the Iowa DNR.


North & South Skunk Rivers, Central to Southeast Iowa
When you think of North Skunk, think of smallmouth bass and catfish. As for South Skunk, think bullhead, carp and sunfish. Learn more with a Skunk River guide courtesy of the Iowa DNR.


Little Sioux River, Northwest Iowa
This Iowa prairie stream just happens to be a topnotch location to catch walleye, northern pike and catfish. Get a Little Sioux River paddling guide courtesy of the Iowa DNR.


Mississippi River, Eastern Iowa
It’s not called the Mighty Mississippi for nothing. Not only does it run for 300 miles, but it’s also a haven for backwater fishing. You can catch everything from bass, catfish, pike and walleye to sauger and paddlefish on this mighty river.


Missouri River, Western Iowa
Go west to the Missouri River for fast currents and amazing catfish. During the fall and winter, look for sauger and walleye behind wing dams and at the mouths of tributaries. And did we mention it’s one of the few places in the U.S. where you can catch blue catfish?


Winneshiek County, Northeast Iowa
Fly fisherman flock to Iowa’s Driftless Area for trout fishing. Stocked and naturally occurring trout are found in the Upper Iowa River, Lake Meyer and the North and South Bear Creeks. But don’t take our word for it – read what the New York Times had to say.

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