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Ideas and locations to take kids fishing in IA.

Kids fishing

Fishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life, and we encourage you to invest the time in kids. A nice way to introduce kids to fishing is via ice fishing. It is a great way to get them outdoors when they are normally cooped up in the house. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort.

Places in Iowa to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the Hawkeye State.

Hatchery Fishing
Big Spring Hatchery is the home of Iowa’s first kid's trout fishing pond.

Cedar Rapids
- Ellis Park

Davenport
- Credit Island Park

Des Moines
- Gray's Lake Park

Dubuque
- A.Y. McDonald Park
- Bergfeld Rec Area

Iowa City
- City Park
- Peninsula Park

Lehigh
- Brushy Creek Lake

Spirit Lake
- Little Spirit Lake

Waterloo
- Cedar Bend Park
- Cedar River Park
- Riverview Rec Area

Trout stocking in urban lakes.

Urban lakes which are stocked with trout include Ada Hayden, Banner Lake (South), Big Lake, Discovery Park, Heritage Pond, Lake of the Hills, Moorland Pond, North Prairie, Ottumwa Park Pond, Petoka, Prairie Park, Sand Lake, Scharnberg Pond and Wilson Lake.

Youngsters with their prized catch


Alex Carlton, age 8 landed this big albino catfish at a fishing derby at Davenport Iowa's Vaderveer Lagoon. The fish was 25 inches long.


Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in IA

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

Click here for additional tips to create a successful day of fishing for kids.

Kids fishing photo

Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

See tips, ideas and instructions for taking kids fishing.

 

Kids fishing locations and information, by state.

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