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Best Iowa Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in IA.

Big Spirit Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake and West Okoboji Lake are the most popular places for fishing in Iowa, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Black Hawk Lake, IA
  • Clear Lake, IA
  • Coralville Lake, IA
  • Lake Red Rock, IA
  • Rathbun Lake, IA
  • West Okoboji Lake, IA
Best Bass Lakes

Black Hawk Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, Hawthorn Lake, Lake Red Rock, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake and West Okoboji Lake are considered the best options for largemouth and smallmouth bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Rivers like Cedar River, Iowa River and the Mississippi River, plus Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, Five Island Lake, Rathbun Reservoir, Saylorville Lake, Storm Lake and West Okoboji Lake are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Black Hawk Lake, Clear Lake, Green Castle Lake, Lake Red Rock, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake, The Mississippi River and West Okoboji Lake are some of the most popular waters for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Big Creek Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Pickeral Lake, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake, The Mississippi River and West Okoboji Lake are among the many popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Black Hawk Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake and West Okoboji Lake are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

Many small lakes, streams and rivers are stocked with trout providing fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. More...

Top Striper Lakes

The Iowa River and the Mississippi River along with major lakes including Coralville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Rathbun Lake and Saylorville Lake are the good options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Visit the Iowa fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the Iowa map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in IA at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

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