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Iowa Fishing Report

Get fishing reports for waters in IA.

Fishing report - What they are hitting

If you’re planning a fishing trip to Iowa, you have some excellent choices for lakes and streams throughout the state including Big Creek Lake, Big Spirit Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Browns Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Clear Lake, Coralville Lake, DeSoto Bend Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Five Island Lake, Lake Icaria, Lake MacBride, Lake Manawa, Little River Lake, Lost Island Lake, North Twin Lake, Pleasant Creek Lake, Rathbun Lake, Red Rock Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Saylorville Lake, Silver Lake Palo Alto, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Three Mile Lake, Trumbull Lake, Tuttle Lake, Twelve Mile Creek Lake, West Okoboji Lake and others. Many of the lakes in Iowa have camping facilities as well as other accommodations nearby.

Iowa is well known for excellent Bass, Crappie and Walleye fishing. Additionally, in waters around the state you’ll find populations of Catfish, Musky, Tiger Musky, Northern Pike, Sauger, Saugeye, Longnose Gar, Bowfin, Paddlefish and sunfish including Green Sunfish, Rock Bass, Spotted Sunfish, White Bass, Yellow Bass, Yellow Perch which are plentiful in some waters.


Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Clear Lake Iowa Fishing Report

Iowa Fishing Report

The above reports are offered by third-party websites.

Reading Fishing Reports

When reading fishing reports the most useful information is likely to be the sum total of all reports over the last couple weeks, rather than the specifics of the most current fishing report. So finding that the fish have been caught shallow over the last few weeks is more important to know than the exact lure mentioned in the latest report.

Iowa fishing reports for lakes, rivers and streams.

Often archived Iowa fishing reports, from prior years, can help you identify seasonal patterns for a specific lake. Review the prior reports to find consistent information for summer months of June, July and August...the fall months of September and October...the winter months of November, December, January and February. Pay special attention to the spring (March, April and May) fishing reports from prior years as they should provide information to help you predict the approximate time for the spawn.

If you are considering a visit to Iowa for a fishing trip and are unfamiliar with the area, some of the major cities in Iowa include Fort Dodge, Souix City, Dubuque, Waterloo, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Davenport, Iowa City, Emmetsburg, Mason City and others scattered across IA, some with fishing opportunities nearby. To enhance your fishing experience, you may want to hire a local guide. Click here for a list of Iowa fishing guides.

Fishing reports, by state.