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Iowa Bass Fishing

All about fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass in Iowa lakes.

Bass Fishing Lakes In Iowa

Iowa is peppered with lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, ponds and lakes. Bass make their home in most of these waters. The larger impoundments sporting a population of bass include Big Creek Lake, Big Spirit Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Coralville Lake, DeSoto Bend Lake, Lake Fisher, Lake Icaria, Lake MacBride, Lake Manawa, Little River Lake, Pleasant Creek Lake, Rathbun Lake, Red Rock Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Saylorville Lake, Spirit Lake, Three Mile Lake, Twelve Mile Creek Lake and West Okoboji Lake.

Bass fishing in Iowa

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in Iowa.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Hawkeye State.

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Catch big bass!

The Iowa state record largemouth was caught from Lake Fisher and the IA state record smallmouth bass came out of West Okoboji Lake.

Fishing for bass In Iowa

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

IA State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

IA State Record: 7 lbs 12 oz

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Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Iowa bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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