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Iowa Fishing Areas

Angling Destinations Weather Fish Species
April 20 2024


Iowa Fishing Areas


Iowa offers a variety of popular angling destinations for both freshwater and saltwater enthusiasts. Some of the most popular areas for freshwater fishing include the Mississippi River, Iowa Great Lakes, and Clear Lake. Common species of fish in these locations include bass, catfish, walleye, and trout. The best times of year to fish in Iowa vary depending on the species, but generally, the spring and fall months offer the most productive fishing. Spring temperatures average around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, while fall temperatures average around 40-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

For bait and lures, live bait such as worms and minnows are effective for catching most species of fish in Iowa. Artificial lures such as crankbaits, jigs, and spinners are also popular choices that can mimic the movements of real prey.

Interesting fishing facts about Iowa include the fact that the state's record for the largest fish caught is a 97-pound flathead catfish, caught in the Des Moines River. Additionally, Iowa is home to over 72,000 miles of rivers and streams, making it a prime location for fishing enthusiasts.

Location State Fish Habitat
Ada Creek
Iowa
Agassa Lake
Iowa Yellow Perch, Silver Redhorse, Walleye
Ahsub Lake
Iowa Smallmouth Bass, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout
Alden Lake
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Walleye, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Alder Lake
Iowa Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Silver Redhorse, Splake, Green Sunfish, Lake Trout, Walleye
Alruss Lake
Iowa Silver Redhorse, Splake, Brook Trout
Armstrong Lake
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Burbot, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Silver Redhorse, Walleye, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
August Lake
Iowa Rock Bass, Bluegill, Burbot, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Silver Redhorse, Walleye, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Baldpate Creek
Iowa
Barnett
Iowa
Barrs Lake
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Silver Redhorse, Walleye, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Bassett Lake
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Burbot, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Silver Redhorse, Tautog, Walleye, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Beartrap River
Iowa
Beaver Hut Lake
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Silver Redhorse, Splake, Green Sunfish, Tautog, Brook Trout, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Bigalks Creek
Iowa
Butterball Lake
Iowa
Cloquet Lake
Iowa
Coldwater Creek
Iowa
Craighead Forest Lake
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Crown Lake
Iowa
Fischer Wildelife Area
Iowa
Glacier Pond 1
Iowa
Glover Creek
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Hickory Creek
Iowa
Lake Austell
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish
Lake Dunn
Iowa Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish
Lake Greenlee
Iowa Largemouth Bass
Lake Meyer
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike
Lake Pine Bluff
Iowa Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish
Little Lagrue Bayou
Iowa
Little Paint Creek
Iowa
Little Red River
Iowa Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Otter Creek
Iowa
Paint Creek
Iowa
Plum Bayou
Iowa Largemouth Bass
South Cedar Creek
Iowa Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Trout Run
Iowa

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